Microsoft has unveiled the Microsoft 4Afrika IP Hub, an intellectual property portal aimed to encourage invention in Africa. According to Ventureburn.com, the new hub will be operating from Kenya, and it is intended to offer developers and software vendors the skills and tools necessary to develop, protect and monetise their innovations.
Since most small businesses in Africa tend to rely on secrecy over using established copyright, trademark, trade name and patent programs for protection, many technology advancements miss out on the opportunity to be realised.
“Most African innovators function on the premise that the idea is theirs until someone else takes it to market, or duplicates it. As Africa’s innovation continues to flourish, the future remains uncertain if these promising ideas are not supported and protected properly,” said Louis Otieno, director for Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft 4Afrika.
The IP Hub is intended to render the process of filing IP protection less intimidating and more streamline, whilst also educating and assisting young innovators.
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