Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has received praise for embracing change that has seen researchers in the Juja based institution shift from the traditional research aimed at publishing to modern research focusing on inventions. The revelations were made Friday June 4, 2010 by Prof. James Otieno-Odeck, Managing Director of Kenya Intellectual Property Institute (KIPI) who said he had so far received up to 42 innovations from Kenya’s universities and JKUAT, with 22 research discoveries had the highest number of inventions mainly foods, chemicals, beauty products, agricultural and mechanical inventions that now protected KIPI under intellectual property. Vice chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga told researchers in JKUAT the intellectual property policy was meant to encourage them to redouble their effort in innovative research.
The two officials were speaking speaking at JKUAT at a ceremony Friday June 4, 2010 where the university launched three policy documents on Intellectual property, Training and Ethics.
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