Utility Model Protection in Kenya: The Case for Substantive Examination

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dc.contributor.author Rutenberg, Isaac
dc.contributor.author Makanga, Lillian
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-24T14:27:42Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-24T14:27:42Z
dc.date.issued 2016-11-15
dc.identifier.citation Rutenberg, I., & Makanga, L. (2016). Utility model protection in Kenya: The case for substantive examination. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 19, 19-37. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/21588 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7213 (online version)
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/21588
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/21588
dc.description.abstract The patent-granting authority of the Kenyan government ceased examining applications for utility model certificates (UMCs) in 2014, after 20 years of examination. This event resulted in an immediate and dramatic increase in the number of granted UMCs. The authors reviewed a selection of UMCs, some of which were granted after substantive examination and some of which were granted without substantive examination. Errors were found in both groups, and the overall quality of granted UMCs declined after cessation of substantive examination. The authors conclude that a return to substantive examination of UMC applications would, on balance, be beneficial to Kenya’s innovative ecosystem, and recommend that such examination be reinstated. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.subject intellectual property, utility model certificates (UMCs), patents, examination, registration, developing countries, patent offices, Africa, Kenya en_ZA
dc.title Utility Model Protection in Kenya: The Case for Substantive Examination en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.title The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian CA2016 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/21588
dc.citation.issue 19 en_ZA
dc.description.url www.wits.ac.za/linkcentre/ajic en_ZA


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