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This workshop is a 1-day, high-level overview of IP and technology transfer strategy designed for researchers, administrators, and technology managers at public sector institutions. The event is co-organized by KIPI, the USPTO, WIPO, the non-profit PIPRA.  We have many wonderful speakers, both Kenyan and foreign.

(Registration to the event is free and includes a networking lunch at as well as refreshments in the morning afternoon.  The event is being held on the campus of the Kenya School of Monetary Studies.  Directions to the event from Nairobi city center can be downloaded here.    If you have questions about the event, please contact Nancy Ndungu at KIPI:, 254 20 2386220 or 254 736 002020.)

These workshops are funded by the generous support of the USPTO's Intellectual Property Initiative.  If you are interested in attending the workshop, please use the form above.   The event is free; however, space is limited.


8:00-8:30: Registration and coffee

8:30-8:45: Opening remarks.  PIPRA,  USPTO, KIPI, WIPO
8:45-9:30: Innovation in emerging economies. (Speakers: ARIPO; KIPI; McLean Sibanda, the Innovation Hub, South Africa. 5 min per speaker, followed by discussion with the audience.)
9:30-9:45: The U.S. Bayh-Dole Act: lessons learned in the commercialization of publicly financed research (Kitisri Sukhapinda, Patent Attorney, USPTO)
9:45-10:00: South Africa: The Innovation and Technology Transfer Act (McLean Sibanda, CEO, the Innovation Hub, South Africa)
10:00-10:15: National Innovation and Technology Transfer System in Kenya: Policy, Laws, and Infrastructure (Tom Ogada)

10:15:-10:30: Break (Tea, coffee and confectionery)
10:30-11:15: Expert panel with the morning speakers.  (Questioning & discussion from the audience.)
11:15-12:00: Best practices for IP-related agreements at public sector institutions: IP policies, MTAs, NDAs, employment agreements, Co-development agreements. (Peter Lee, Professor of Law, University of California, Davis)

12:00-1:30: Networking Lunch
1:30-2:00: Challenges & opportunities for innovation in universities (Crispus Kiamba, Permananent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Science Technology)
2:00-2:45: Best practices for technology valuation and licensing. (William Tucker, Director, Office of Technology Transfer, University of California)
2:45-3:15: Case study: successful licensing program from a Kenyan institution (Speaker TBD)
3:15:-3:30: Break (Tea, coffee & biscuits)
3:30-4:05: IP-related resources and government support for public sector institutions. (Speakers: WIPO, USPTO, ARIPO, KIPI. 5 minute presentations.)
4:05-4:45: Panel with afternoon speakers. (Questioning & discussion from the audience.)
4:45-5:00: Concluding remarks.  USPTO, KIPI, WIPO, PIPRA


Nancy Ndungu (KIPI)
254 20 2386220
254 736 002020.


Conference Hall
Kenya School of Monetary Studies
P.O. Box 65041
Nairobi, Kenya