UoN receive a cheque of ksh 4.2 million from World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
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Date and time: 
Fri, 2017-07-21 11:09
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University of Nairobi

From left: Director Research Prof. Madara, Director Intellectual Property Prof. J.W Mwangi, DVC AA prof. Mutoro, Managing Director KIPI Mr. Sylvance Sange, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production & Extension Prof. Lucy Irungu.

Mr. Sange presented a cheque of ksh 4.2 million to UoN from World Intellectual Property Organization

The Intellectual Property Management Office (IPMO) led by the director, Prof. Julius Mwangi made a proposal to WIPO through Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) requesting for funds to carry out IP Audit for the entire University of Nairobi.  Following extensive consultations with Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI), officials of Regional Bureau for Africa and Prof Tom Ogada, the proposed WIPO Consultant for the project, WIPO agreed to fund the Intellectual Property Audit project. 

During the ceremony Mr Sange said that creating knowledge has no boundaries and he urged all students to take their  projects seriously as it could open immense opportunities for them upon completion of their studies.”

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics Affairs, Prof. Henry Mutoro, who was representing the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Peter Mbithi thanked KIPI for the support accorded to the university.  Prof. Mutoro said that this is the first Intellectual Property Audit to be done by a university in Africa.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production & Extension, Prof. Lucy Irungu said that the UoN IP audit will enable the University to tap from the vast wealth from the copyrights. Prof Irungu pointed out that the University of Nairobi has many innovations and technologies that are yet to be commercialized and thus the IP audit will help the university to identify the projects in all colleges.

The Director, IPMO Prof. Julius Mwangi thanked KIPI for the support it has accorded the university to date. He said that the audit will be a case study and a point of reference to other universities.  

The IPMO and entire UoN wish to extend special gratitude to Mr Sange, Managing Director Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI), officials of Regional Bureau for Africa and Prof Tom Ogada, the proposed WIPO Consultant for the project. It's through the extensive consultations of this team that the 4.2 m has been achieved.

Expiry Date: 
Sat, 2019-08-31 11:09
Contact Person: 

Director, Intellectual Property Management Office