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How to register a Trademark in Kenya.

A trademark is defined as "a mark that is used to distinguish the goods or services of a specific business venture from another". A mark in this sense describes a device, a brand, heading, label, ticket, name, signature, word, letter or numeral or any combination thereof whether rendered in two dimensional or three-dimensional form.
Trademark registration in Kenya is an important step for individuals, businesses and organizations looking to protect their brand and intellectual property identity.

Kazi Legal specializes in intellectual property Law in Kenya and provides valuable services to individuals, organizations and businesses in Kenya looking to register their Trademarks in Kenya and to protect their brand identity.

As Trademark lawyers in Kenya, we have in depth understanding of the trademark registration process and can assist you with every step of the registration process, from conducting the trademark search, to filing the trademark registration application and defending the trademark against any infringements.

Requirements for registration of trademarks in Kenya

The following are the key requirements for registration of a Trademark in Kenya.

  1. Proposed Trademark Name.
  2. Proposed Trademark logo.
  3. Class description of the trademark.
  4. Address of the applicant.
  5. Name of the applicant.

How to trademark a name in kenya

  1. Any person, business or organization claiming to be the proprietor of a trade mark, in use or proposed to be used, and who is desirous to register the Trademark in Kenya, should apply to the Registrar on form TM 2 accompanied by seven representations or Artwork / logo of the Trademark
  2. Foreign Trademark applicants are required to file through an agent. The application should be accompanied by the form of authorization of Agent, Form TM 1 or the power of attorney duly completed and signed and must have a duty stamp affixed on it .
  3. The application for registration of a Trademark in Kenya by a foreigner should also be accompanied by form TM 32 (for entry of the address of service in Kenya). The applicant is required to file a separate application for each mark in each different class.

Registration of a trademark is done with the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) and is governed by the Trade Marks Act, Cap 506 of the laws of Kenya.

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Kazi legal will provide you with an efficient trademark registration service and ensure that your trademark is registered and your brand identity is protected.

Procedure for registering a Trademark in kenya.

The process of registration a Trademark in Kenya involves the following steps:

    Kenya trademark search

    - A search is conducted to ensure that the trademark name and artwork is not already registered or in use in Kenya. A search is conducted through the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) database.
  1. Kenya Trademark application for registration.

    . Upon a successful search, an application for registration of the Trademark is filed with KIPI. The application should include
    • Trademark name
    • Trademark Logo
    • Class of trademark to be registered
    • Name and address of the applicant.
  2. Examination of the trademark

    . After the application for registration is filed, the trademark is examined to ensure that it meets the requirements for registration.
  3. Advertisement or Publication of the trademark

    . Upon a successful examination process, the trademark is then published in the Kenya Industrial Property Journal for a period of 60 days.
  4. Registration of the trademark

    . Where there are no objection to the registration after publication, the trademark will be registered and a certificate of registration issued.

Documents required for Trademark registration in Kenya.

To register a trademark in Kenya, you need to provide the following documents:

  • Applications forms. TM 27, TM 1 and TM2
  • Copy of the Trademark Artwork

Trademark Application Forms.

To register a Trademark in Kenya the following forms are required.

  • Form TM 27 – Trademark Request for search form.
  • Form TM 2 – Application for registration of a Trademark in Kenya.
  • Form TM 1 – Appointment of agents.

How long does it take to register a trademark in Kenya?

The registration process of a trademark in Kenya usually takes around six months from the time the application is filed.

What happens if someone objects to my trademark registration?

If someone raises an objection during the publication period, the trademark application will be reviewed and a decision will be made by KIPI. If the objection is valid, the trademark application may be denied.

Cost of trademark registration in kenya?

The cost of application for Trademark Registration in Kenya is as follows.

Local application

  1. Application TM2
    • Kes 4000 First Class
    • Kes 3000 Each Subsequent Class
  2. Search TM 27
    • Kes 3000 First Class
    • Kes 000 Each subsequent Class
  3. Advertisement
    • Kes 3000 First Class
    • Kes 2500 Each subsequent Class
  4. Registration
    • Kes 2000 First Class
    • Kes 1500 Each subsequent class

Foreign application

  1. Application TM2
    • USD 200 First Class
    • USD 150 Each Subsequent Class
  2. Search TM 27
    • USD 150 First Class
    • USD 100 Each subsequent Class
  3. Advertisement
    • USD 60 First Class
    • USD 50 Each subsequent Class
  4. Registration
    • USD 150 First Class
    • USD 100 Each subsequent class

Can a foreign register a trademark in kenya?

Yes, a foreigner can register a Trademark in Kenya. However, he will be required to appoint an agent. All Foreigners applying for a Trademark In Kenya, are required to file for registration through an agent. The Trademark application should be accompanied by authorization Form TM 1 or the power of attorney duly completed and signed and must have a duty stamp affixed on it .

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