Trademark registration process in Kenya

Trademark registration process in Kenya

trademark is a mark that is used to differentiate the goods or services of one
business venture from those of
others, according to the Trade Marks Act.
In this aspect, a mark refers to a device, a brand, a heading, a label, a
ticket, a name, a signature, a word, a letter, or a numeric, or any combination
of these, whether portrayed in two-dimensional or three-dimensional

trademark protects specific words and designs, as well as modifications and
combinations of those words and designs, that differentiate your brand from
others. It safeguards intellectual property as well as the usage of a
particular symbol or concept. Copyright, on the other hand, safeguards unique
creative works.

person, company, partnership, or organization can register a trademark if they
meet the
needed requirements.

Why do you need to register your trademark in Kenya?

helps to differentiate your products from those of your competitors.
Registration of your Trade Mark grants you exclusive rights to that mark,
serves as proof that the mark is yours, and provides you with legal protection
against those who might try to infringe on your rights.

registration process also includes thorough research to ensure that your mark
does not resemble any existing Trademarks, which helps you avoid being sued for
trademark infringement.

to register a trademark.

The name of a company, individual or firm, represented in a
special or particular manner

The signature of the applicant for registration

An invented word or invented words;

A word or words having no direct reference to the character
or quality of the goods, and not being according to its ordinary signification
a geographical name or a surname.

Any other distinctive mark.


Procedure for registration of trademark in Kenya

1.     Search

applying for registration, a search must be done to determine whether the Trade
Mark can be registered. If the mark/sign is too similar to another registered
trademark, registration will be denied. Although it is not required, conducting
a search before beginning the registration procedure is recommended to avoid
wasting time and money on an application that will be rejected.
Form TM 27 is the one to use.


2.     Application
for registration of

done your preliminary research and are confident that the mark can be
registered. The next step is to submit a registration application. This is done
using Form TM 2 and Form TM 32.

order for foreign companies to register their trade marks in Kenya, they must
establish an agent in Kenya, which necessitates the submission of Form TM 1 in
addition to Form TM 2 and TM 32.

Fees for Registration of Trade Marks (
schedule can be downloaded from home page under Resources/Downloads menu

3.     Examination

Registrar reviews your application to confirm that all of the required
documents have been submitted and that your mark does not resemble any other
trademarks that have already been registered. After that, you’ll receive an
examination report, which will tell you whether or not your mark has been
accepted for registration. You must pay the advertisement fee and the
registration fee if it is authorized.

4.     Advertisement

the Registrar authorizes your trademark for registration,
you will be required to pay an
advertisement cost.
The mark will then be advertised for 60 days in the Kenya
Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) journal, giving anyone who objects to the
registration of your mark the opportunity to object. It proceeds to
registration if no opposition is made. However, if an objection is raised, a
notice of opposition in the form of Form TM 6 is filed, and the opposition
process begins.

5.     Registration

application will be registered and the Registrar will issue a certificate of
registration of Trademark if no resistance is made after the advertisement.

Forms for registration of a trade mark

1.      Form TM 27 (not mandatory but

2.      Form TM 2 – Application for
registration of Trade mark

3.      Form TM 32 – Application to enter or
alter address of service

4.      Form TM 1 – For foreign applicants
(appointment of agents)


registration is done in
 Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI).

offices are located at;

Centre, Kabarsiran Avenue, Off Waiyaki Way, Lavington

Box 51648-00200, Nairobi.

020-6002210/11, 6006326/29/36, 2386220

Safaricom: 0702002020; Airtel: 0736002020


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