The Intellectual Property Management Office(IPMO) is responsible for evaluating, protecting and commercializing University of Nairobi research through licensing to appropriate firms. The IPMO is the equivalent of a Technology Transfer Office of the University of Nairobi.
In addition the office endeavors to provide a customer friendly advisory system to assist researchers, staff and students in securing sponsored research funds and also to vector them to viable, mutually beneficial research collaboration.
A complimentary objective of the office is to collaborate closely with the national, regional and global intellectual property organizations to identify relevant technologies that are either off legal protection not protected in Kenya for exploitation to address Kenya’s technological challenges.
IPMO’s other responsibilities include:-
a) Promote technology transfer in a manner consistent with University’s mission, vision and objectives and academic environment;
b) Promote policies and procedures for technology transfer, and the avoidance of conflicts of interest, consistent with University of Nairobi’s policies;
c) Review, negotiate and approve all agreements that convey or affect the University of Nairobi’s right to intellectual property,
d) Coordinate reporting requirements and other obligations to research sponsors regarding innovation developed under a research contract or grant, including but not limited to, obligations to the Kenya Government;
e) Advise the Vice-Chancellor on the decision to, and the feasibility of, obtaining intellectual property protection for an innovation;
f) Advise the Vice-Chancellor on the measures necessary to facilitate access to an innovation, invention or new plant varieties;
g) Advise the Vice-Chancellor on the transfer and licensing or commercialization of any intellectual property held by the University of Nairobi;
h) Receive for evaluation by the appropriate committee as provided under this policy, all innovation or invention disclosures and process the same in a timely manner;
i) Prepare for approval, reports listing the titles and brief descriptions of all innovations or invention disclosures received;
j) Advise the Vice-Chancellor on any applications for the transfer, or licensing, of the University of Nairobi’s rights;
k) Advise the innovators and inventors concerning the publishing of material related to an innovation, whether for academic, distribution or defensive purposes, upon the vice-chancellors approval
l) Advice the Vice-chancellor as to any variation of this policy and Intellectual Property agreements.
m) Advice the Vice-Chancellor as to the amendment of this Policy and all matters pertaining to intellectual property administration, management and diffusion;
n) Receive disputes arising from the terms or implementation of this policy for determination by the evaluation committee and the Vice-Chancellor;
o) Provide advice and support to all staff and associates of University of Nairobi regarding this Policy;
p) Provide guidance in setting up new companies by the University of Nairobi innovators or using University of Nairobi innovations and ensuring compliance with Policy and relevant University of Nairobi policies; and
q) Process, patent, copyright, trade mark, utility model, plant breeders’ rights and other applications with the Kenya Copyright Board, Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service and other relevant, national, regional and international offices.
q) Process, patent, copyright, trade mark, utility model, plant breeders’
rights and other applications with the Kenya Copyright Board, Kenya Industrial Property Institute, Kenya PlantHealth Inspectorate Service and other relevant, national, regional and
r) Provide advice and support to all staff and associates of UoN on limitations regarding filing for IP protection in foreign jurisdictions.