Innovation in Kenya: Review of Industrial Property Journal November 2017

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The Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) is a parastatal under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives. Its key mandates are to administer industrial property rights and promotes inventiveness and provide technological information to the public. In line with this, they publish the Industrial Property Journal monthly indicating all innovations and brand name applications.

The Industrial Property Journal is the Official Journal of the Kenya Industrial Property Institute. Publication of the Journal is provided for under the Industrial Property Act, 2001 and regulation 7 of the Industrial Property Regulations 2002. The Journal is published monthly by the Institute as part of the procedures for protection of industrial property rights under the Industrial Property Act, No. 3 of 2001 and the Trade Marks Act, Cap 506 of the Laws of Kenya.

Most Interesting Innovations in Tech

  1. Universally verifiable electronic banking slip system (Jasper Onyango)

This is a system that looks into digital remittance of a universally verifiable electronic banking slip. This is to offer alternative to the current physical banking slips that are prone to fraud and are cumbersome to authenticate whenever presented with as a proof of payment for a receiving institution prior to releasing goods, providing a service or issuing an official payment receipt for the direct banking deposit. The invention is availed in all form digital on web interface, Mobile Applications, email, short message services and many other technologies.

  1. Black Spot Data Control Unit (Moses Muthui)

This is a safety device that tracks information from the link identification card and relays that information to the Engine control module to regulate speed of a vehicle when a black spot area is approached.

  1. Mobile Wallet Overdraw (Tony Gichuru)

This relates to a system and method of transferring funds in a mobile telephone based money transfer system and in particular improving liquidity to facilitate such fund transfers. The product combines credit card and overdraft facility product features and make them available on the mobile phones so that a mobile money account can be in an overdrawn position.

This month’s (November edition) Journal had 140 pages and is proof that Kenyans are indeed innovating and contrary to popular belief, registering their IP.

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