Mandate
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  • Promote technology transfer in a manner consistent with University’s mission, vision, objectives and academic environment;
  • Promote technology transfer, and the avoidance of conflicts of interest, consistent with UoN’s policies, regulations and procedures ;
  • Review, negotiate and approve all agreements that convey or affect the UoN’s right to intellectual property;
  •  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;
  • Advise the Vice-Chancellor on the decision to, and the feasibility of, obtaining intellectual property protection for an innovation, creation, invention or new plant varieties;
  • Advise the Vice-Chancellor on the measures necessary to facilitate access to an innovation, creation, invention or new plant varieties;
  • Advise the Vice-Chancellor on the transfer and licensing or commercialization of any intellectual property held by the UoN;
  • Receive for evaluation by the appropriate committee as provided under this policy, all innovation, creation, invention or new plant varieties disclosures and process the same  in a timely manner;
  • Prepare for approval, reports listing the titles and brief descriptions of all innovations or invention innovations, creations, inventions or new plant varieties disclosures received;
  • Advise the Vice-Chancellor on any applications for the transfer, or licensing, of the UoN’s rights;
  • Advise the innovators, inventors, breeders and creators concerning the publishing of material related to them, whether for academic, distribution or litigation  purposes, upon the Vice-Chancellors approval;
  • Advice the Vice-Chancellor as to any variation of this policy and Intellectual Property agreements;
  • Advice the Vice-Chancellor as to the amendment of this Policy and all matters pertaining to intellectual property administration, management and dissemination;
  • Receive disputes arising from the terms or implementation of this policy for determination by the Intellectual Property Committee and the Vice-Chancellor;
  • Provide advice and support to all staff and associates of UoN regarding this Policy;
  • Provide guidance in setting up  new companies by the UoN innovators or using UoN innovations and ensuring compliance with this Policy and other relevant UoN policies, regulations and procedures; and
  • Process, patent, copyright, trade mark, utility model, plant breeders’ rights and other applications with the  Kenya Copyright Board, Kenya Industrial Property Institute, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service and other relevant, national, regional and international offices.
  • Provide advice and support to all staff and associates of UoN on limitations regarding filing for IP protection in foreign jurisdictions.

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