Kenya 

Paths to protection

Ways to protect your invention

Patents are a way of protecting your inventions. By filing a successful patent you will be awarded a monopoly to exploit your invention for a period of time.

National Patents are the most effective way of defending your invention if you only require protection in a single jurisdiction. If this is not enough for your needs, this country has signed international agreements on patents, which facilitate their internationalization:

ARIPO

Allows for a single patent application to be effective across its designated members states

PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty)

The PCT system allows simplified international patent applications which in turn eases national filings.

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If you need to protect your Intellectual Property abroad, through our Global Network of offices and associates, we can make your Intellectual Property assets expand to every nation you desire, ensuring full legal protection of your rights.

If you have further questions, we would be delighted to schedule a conference call and answer any questions you may have.

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Patent Details and Timeframes

Priority claim

Available

Substantive Examination

Available

Body responsible for non-use cancellations

IP Office

Time until registration

3 years

Opposition Period

Special Case

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Use Requirement Period

4 years

National Filing Requirements

  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Applicant data.
  •  Patent title, abstract, description, claims and drawings.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Deed of assignment, simply signed by the assignor and the assignee.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of name.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of address.
  •  License agreement.
  •  Power of Attorney, simply signed by the licensor and legalized by the licensee.

PCT Filing

  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Applicant data.
  •  Patent title, abstract, description, claims and drawings.
  •  International search report.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Deed of assignment, simply signed by the assignor and the assignee.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of name.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of address.
  •  Power of attorney from the licensor and licensee, simply signed.
  •  License agreement.

Latest news

ANNOUNCEMENT

New second-level domain is launched (.ke)

The launhcing of this domain is divided in 3 phases. The Sunrise Phase started on the past 23rd ofjuly of 2017 and will end on October 22nd of 2017. During this period, only the oweners who have trademarks registered in Kenya will have the right to apply for the corresponding domain names. To do that, it will only be necessary to have a confirmation letter from the Intelectual Property Institute of Kenya to verify if the trademarks are registered in the country. The Sunrise phase will be followed by the Land Rush Phase (30 days), where competing applicants will be able to bid on domain names. After this phase, there will be the Cooling Off phase (30 days), which, during that time, the Kenya Network Information Centre (KeNIC) will analyse whether the applicants meet the requirements for the respective phases. Upon the conclusion of the 3 phases of the launch, the registration of domain names in Kenya (.ke) will be available for anyone to apply.

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