iHub By Jessica Colaço / July 29, 2011
Introducing August as the Law Month
In this innovation space, there are many opportunities for creatives, programmers and developers to make their mark. The realities however, is that so many applications and/or works are being developed at such a fast pace that quite often, competing applications can appear almost alike. Most of the time this has leads to court battles.
If you’re a developer, programmer, creative or endeavor to become one, you should be aware that the easiest way you can protect the products of your efforts is by copyrighting them. Just like literary works, software and creative work falls under the category of intellectual property, and must be protected in order to preserve the legal rights of the original author. A knowledgeable and qualified law practitioner knows exactly what papers need to be filled out and submitted in order for your work to be safeguarded, and in most cases, he or she can usually complete the job quickly and with minimal red tape.
Having this in Mind, we have reached out to a number of practitioners who are willing to come and run sessions on different topics at the iHub. We will have different workshops, talks and one on one’s with the Lawyers at the iHub during the whole Month of August. Below are some of the topics that will be covering during this period.
o International patent systems
o The Kenyan patent system
o When to get a patent, and when not to get a patent
o How to get a patent – lawyers, patent agents, patent offices
o Patent infringement - Other ways of protecting inventive ideas
o Utility patents
o Industrial Design patents
o Trade secrets
Participants will have access to the Practitioners in-house and will engage them with whatever law questions they will have. We will share a weekly schedule of days that we will have the lawyers at the iHub and will send out direct emails to registered participants. If you would like to participate during these weekly sessions, register here to receive updates.
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Dadi at 11:36:25AM Monday, August 1, 2011
This is a very crucial issue in the IT industry. Most of the young techies don’t know what to do do when they come up with innovative stuff in the market. So, big up on taking up the initiative to educate and help them/us out. Keep up the good work ihub.Reply
Tosh at 11:50:58AM Monday, August 1, 2011
Dadi, Thanks alot for your comment. We are also very lucky to find the Lawyers who are willing to come on board for this. We will share the schedules in a short while. CheersReply
Rasoah at 14:14:57PM Tuesday, August 2, 2011
This in addition to the creative commons is really going to be of great help to us, knowing exactly what to do with the stuff I find on the net(legally) is really going to help guys share what they’ve been withholding due to legal matters. Does my white membership allow me to attend?Reply
Rob at 13:43:01PM Friday, August 5, 2011
I hope the focus wont only be on IP protection. How about legal advice on using social media to crowdsource venture capital for technology and digital media startups. Does this violate CMA laws?Reply
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