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Patent application examination

The  first  task  for  the  examiner  is  to  determine  whether  the  application  meets  the requirements according to the filing date.

These requirements are prescribed under section 41  of  the  Act  as  the  name  of  the:

  • applicant; 
  • description; 
  • claims;  and 
  • drawings  where necessary.

More information

Contact details

KIPI Centre,
Kabarsiran Avenue,
Off Waiyaki Way, Lavington
P.O. Box 51648-00200, Nairobi.
Tel: 020-6002210/11, 6006326/29/36, 2386220
Mobile: 0702002020, 0736002020
E-mail: info@kipi.go.ke
Facebook: @kipikenya
Twitter: @kipikenya

How to get a patent in Kenya

A  patent  gives  the  owner  the  exclusive  rights  to prevent  others  from  manufacturing, using  or  selling  the  protected  invention  in  a  given  country.     

A patent is  a  legally enforceable right, granted by the government  in return for disclosure of the  invention to the public.

Patent protection is territorial, meaning every country grants patents that are only applicable and enforceable in that country. In other words, patents rights can only be enforced in a country where the patent is granted and in force. 

Kenya  Industrial  Property  Institute  (KIPI)  is  responsible  for  examining  and  granting patents in Kenya. KIPI operates under the Industrial Property Act 2001.

However, it is also  possible  to  obtain  a  patent  through  the  African  Regional  Intellectual  Property Organization  (ARIPO),  which  is  a  regional  intergovernmental  organization mandated  to  grant  patents  on  behalf  of  its  member states. Currently ARIPO has a membership of 16 African countries.

What is the cost of a patent?

Patent  costs  vary  from  case  to  case and increase  significantly  if  one  seeks  patents overseas. 

The  cost  may  also  vary  if  the  applicant  uses  the  services  of  patent  agents, who have their own set of fees. 

To file an application in Kenya, at a minimum the following fees are applicable:

  • Filing fee of Ksh3,000 - due when the application is filed;
  • Publication fee of Ksh3,000 - due after 18 months from the filing date;
  • Examination fee of Ksh 5,000 - due within 3 years from the filing date;
  • Grant fee of Ksh 3,000 - due once the patent has been accepted for grant.

Definition of a Utility Model

Utility model means any form, configuration or disposition of element of some appliance, utensil, tool, electrical...

Term of Utility Models

A utility model certificate expires at the end of the tenth year after the date of the grant of the utility model, and is not renewable.

Why You Need a Trademark

It enables you to more easily protect your rights more easily in case someone challenged them

Certification Mark

helps to identify goods or services which meet a defined standard

Registrability of a trademark

it must contain or consist of at least on of the 5 essential particulars recommended

Disclaimers forTrademark

It is possible to have in your trade mark a word or words over which you have no right to bar others from using them

Who can Register a Trademark (APPLICANT)

Who can Register a Trademark (APPLICANT) An individual, a company, a partnership, a society, a co-operative or any lawful association can apply for a trade mark provided they meet the...

Trademark Fees

Trademark Fees Trademark fees are as listed here  

Requirements for Registration of Trade marks

It must contain or consist of at least one of the essential particulars recommended

Registration procedure

Before applying for the registration of a trade mark, an applicant should conduct a search to find out whether the trademark is registrable

Trade Mark examination

There are three stages in examination of a trade mark

Applying for registration

registration requirements

Period of protection

A trade mark registration is valid for ten (10) years from the date of application.

Seeking registration abroad

When a trade mark is registered with the Kenyan Trade Marks Office, it accords protection in Kenya only

Qualifying for a patent

Qualifying for a patent An application for the grant and registration of a Kenyan patent may be filed by the  inventor  or any other person to whom he/she has  transferred...

Patent requirements assessment

Patent requirements assessment   The documents used to file for a patent should be in English but do not have to meet any particular requirements as to form or presentation....