In the world of creativity, protecting one's intellectual property is paramount, especially for women who often face unique challenges in this field. Unfortunately, access to information about intellectual property rights can be elusive. However, there is good news for creatives seeking legal protection for their work.  Starting from September 21st through November 3rd, a six-week intellectual property and copyright program will be held at the FemLab, Basement, the Mall, Westlands. This initiative, a collaborative effort between the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) and GIZ, aims to empower creative minds, with a special focus on women.  The program will consist of two parts, each offering valuable insights and assistance. Thursdays will feature dialogue sessions with KECOBO, providing a platform for participants to engage in discussions on intellectual property-related topics.  On Fridays, one-on-one consultancy sessions will take place, focusing on economically sustainable solutions and legal options for intellectual property ownership.  Distinguished experts including Moriasi Omambia (General Counsel and Head of Business Affairs for Sauti Sol Group Ltd), David Katee (IP Litigation Lawyer), Sharon Chahale-Wata (KECOBO Deputy Executive Director Training and Research), and Faith Amatika-Omondi (KECOBO Chief Legal Counsel) will guide participants through the intricacies of intellectual property.  One of the program's highlights is the opportunity for creatives to register their copyright for free, thanks to KECOBO. To take advantage of this offer, attendees should bring their creative work in digital formats, a national ID, KRA Pin (for individuals or registered creative businesses), business registration number (where applicable), an active phone number, and an active email address. For collaborative works, all contributors should be present.  The series kicks off on September 21st from 9am to 5pm with an introductory session on intellectual property, focusing on trademarks, copyrights, and industrial design. This program promises to be a game-changer for women in the creative industry, equipping them with the knowledge and legal protection they need to thrive in their artistic pursuits.  Register HERE  

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