Region: Kenya

THOMAS & FRIENDS decision clarifies nature and purpose of disclaimers

The fact that a term is common does not necessarily mean that a disclaimer must be entered: the term must be common in relation to the goods or services in question.

26 September 2023

Confusion is possible between similar trademarks applied to prescription-only medicines

Confusion may still occur where similar marks are applied to pharmaceutical products prescribed by doctors and dispensed by pharmacists.

05 June 2023

The IP rights recordal deadline is nearly here

The deadline for the implementation of the Anti-counterfeiting Authority (ACA)'s dual recordal system for IP rights is fast approaching. A recent notice clarifies a number of points.

08 December 2022

Brand owners take note: 1 January 2023 deadline approaching to file recordals

The deadline for the implementation of the Anti-counterfeiting Authority (ACA)'s dual recordal system for IP rights is fast approaching. IP rights owners should file their recordals now to meet the ACA's requirements for import.

10 November 2022

Court of Appeal clarifies that second appeal may lie from decision of registrar of trademarks

The Court of Appeal provided certainty by clarifying that the High Court is not the last avenue of appeal following a decision of the registrar.

10 October 2022

Online marketplaces in Kenya that brand owners must be aware of

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In the latest instalment in our regular series identifying the digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to Kenya.

20 September 2022

Clarifications on the need for ACA recordal of IP rights

Trademark owners who do business in Kenya should record their most important Kenyan or foreign trademark registrations with the Anti-counterfeiting Authority.

09 June 2022

The IP rights recordal system is now live: what you need to know

The rollout of the first phase is a welcome development, as it represents the first step by the Anti-counterfeit Authority towards improving the enforcement of IP rights in Kenya at border entry points.

30 March 2022

Important developments regarding anti-counterfeiting - what brand owners need to know

For a number of years, there has been talk that every brand owner that imports goods into Kenya will be required to record its trademark with Customs. This requirement is now becoming a reality as a result of the publication of two new regulations.

17 August 2021

How covid-19 has hit anti-counterfeiting in Africa and what brand owners can do to fight back

The pandemic and related effects of lockdown have had a big impact on the continent’s IP ecosystem. Vanessa Ferguson at Von Seidels runs through some of the most significant upheavals and sets out what rights holders should do to safeguard their brands.

27 May 2021

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