Kenya

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

CLASSIFICATION

9th edition – single class application

SEARCH

Possible for word and device marks

EXAMINATION

On formal, absolute, and relative grounds

OPPOSITION

60 days from publication date

PROTECTION TERM

10 years from filing date and renewable for like periods

USE

Vulnerable to cancellation if mark has not been used for 5 years from filing

REQUIREMENTS

Filing Requirements

Simply signed POA required for all of the below procedures

TREATIES AND CONVENTIONS

World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, African Regional Intellectual Property Organization, Paris Union, Madrid Union (Agreement and Protocol), TRIPS, PCT


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, notarized

What you need to know

  • All documents must be submitted at the time of filing

RENEWAL

Filing Requirements

  • No additional documents are required

What you need to know

  • Grace period of 6 months

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of change of name, notarized
  • For a change of address, no additional documents are required other than the POA

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for applications and registrations

ASSIGNMENT

Filing Requirements

  • Deed of assignment, simply signed

What you need to know

  • Trademarks may be assigned with or without the goodwill of the business concerned
  • May be recorded for applications and registrations

MERGER

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of merger, notarized

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for registrations only

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • License agreement, notarized
  • Statutory declaration and statement of case, notarized

What you need to know

  • License recordal is not compulsory but advisable in order to be effective against third parties
  • May be recorded for registrations only

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

EQUIVALENT SEARCH

No Provisions

EXAMINATION

As to novelty, inventive step, and industrial applicability

PUBLICATION

Patent applications are published in the Official Gazette

OPPOSITION

6 months from publication date

ANNUITIES

Due annually on the anniversary of the filing date

PROTECTION TERM

20 years from the international filing date

REQUIREMENTS

Filing Requirements

Simply signed POA required for all of the below procedures


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of the specifications, claims, and abstracts
  • 1 set of drawings and the abstract
  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified
  • Copy of Published International Application
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Report on Patentability

What you need to know

  • Priority document must be submitted within 3 months from filing date

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of change of name/address, notarized

What you need to know

  • Documents must be accompanied with a sworn English translation if made in a foreign language

ASSIGNMENT

Filing Requirements

  • Deed of assignment, notarized

What you need to know

  • Documents must be accompanied with a sworn English translation if made in a foreign language
  • Separate POAs are required from the assignee and assignor

MERGER

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of merger, notarized

What you need to know

  • Documents must be accompanied with a sworn English translation if made in a foreign language

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • License agreement, notarized

What you need to know

  • Documents must be accompanied with a sworn English translation if made in a foreign language

REQUIREMENTS

Filing Requirements



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P.O. Box 11-9421

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kenya@sabaip.com

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