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How to Register Trademark in Kenya

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How to Register Trademark in Kenya by Kenyans247(1): Sun 15, March, 2020 08:24pm
Procedure
Formality Examination.Involves
Checking to find out whether the right documents were filled and were properly filled.
Check if the required fees are paid.
Search.
It is conducted to ensure that no similar or closely resembling mark is on the register. The application is rejected if there is a similar or closely resembling mark.

Substantive examination.
The mark is examined as to its distinctiveness. The applicant is requested to remove non distinctive matter and descriptive elements.

If the examiner finds no grounds to refuse the application the trademark is advertised in the Industrial property journal or kenya gazette.
This is to allow for any objections to the application prior to registration within 60 days.

If no opposition has been filed the trademark is registered and a certificate is issued.
The trademark is put in the register.

Office Locations & Contacts
Weights and measures House Popo road, off Mombasa road
P.O BOX 51648-00200
Nairobi.
Telephone +25420602210,+254702002020,+254202386220
Fax +254206006312
Website www.kipi.go.ke


Fees
Search 2000



Validity
Renewed every 10 years.


Instructions
Conduct a search to find out whether the trademark is able to be registered or there exists in the records a trademark which could confused with the intended trademark.
An application is made accompanied by twelve representations of the mark



Required Information
The full name and address of the entity which will own the trade mark
12 black and white or colored prints of the mark.
A translation into English of all word in the mark which are in any other language.
A signed form of authorization in favour of any law firm authorising them to file and deal with the trademark registration.


Need for the Document
Kenya is a member of the African Regional Industrial Property Office (ARIPO) comprised of 12 African countries. Inventors wishing to protect their invention may file one application in any of these countries and designate any or all of them.
Kenya is also a member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) which administer the patent cooperation treaty.
The Industrial Property Act protects intellectual property and provide for registration of technology, transfer agreements and licenses.

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