Trademarks and Trademark Facilitators in Kenya

A trademark is a unique sign (like a name, word, phrase, logo, or symbol) that identifies a product or service’s origin and distinguishes it from others in the market. In Kenya, trademarks are overseen by the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI).

Applying for a Trademark in Kenya

  1. Search the Trademark Database: Before applying for a trademark, conduct a search in the KIPI database to ensure that your desired trademark is not already registered or pending registration by another party.

  2. Prepare and Submit Your Application: You will need to fill out the prescribed form and submit it to KIPI. The application should include a clear representation of the trademark, the goods or services for which the trademark will be used, and the class of goods or services as per the international classification.

  3. Examination and Publication: After submission, your application will be examined by KIPI, and if it meets the necessary criteria, it will be published in the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) Journal for opposition. If there’s no opposition, your trademark will be registered.

Apply for a Trademark with KIPI

Trademark Facilitators

  1. Trademark Attorneys: These are legal professionals who specialize in matters involving trademark law. They can assist with the application process, manage trademark portfolios, and handle trademark disputes.

  2. Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO): Besides copyright, KECOBO also offers resources and guidance related to trademarks.

Kenya Copyright Board

  1. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Kenya Office: WIPO provides advice and assistance on various intellectual property matters, including trademarks.

WIPO Kenya Office

  1. Innovation Hubs and Incubators: Certain innovation hubs and incubators, like iHub Nairobi, provide support and advice on intellectual property matters, including trademarks.

Securing a trademark for your brand is a strategic move in safeguarding your business identity. Be sure to seek professional advice if you’re unsure about any part of the trademark registration process.

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