KENYA: Trademark Applications

✓  Paris Convention
✓  Madrid System

Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
Scanned copy of simply signed Power of Attorney (no notarization or legalization required).

Priority Documents
If applicable: copy of home application, certified by the relevant Trademarks Office as a true copy thereof.

Details of the Applicant
Full names.
Physical address.
Nationality / country of incorporation.

Details of the Trade Mark(s)
Word mark or logo.
If the trademark is a logo, please send electronically.
Details of colours claimed, if applicable.

List of goods and/or services
(try to limit to 5 items per application, additional charges may apply for each additional item over 5).

Details of priority Application, if applicable:
Filing Date.

Further Information

The International Classification of Goods and Services is followed.
Multi-class applications are possible: 1 application covers 1 trademark in any number of classes.

Time Frames
Informal search: 4 – 5 business days
Formal search: 4 – 5 business days
From filing up to registration: 8 – 10 months
Opposition period: 60 days from publication
Duration: 10 years from filing date and renewable for further periods of 10 years

The informal search is done in an internal database of published trademarks.
The formal search is conducted directly in the official trademarks register.
Applications are examined for formal and substantial requirements and conflict with prior registrations and pending applications.
Registered trademarks will be published for opposition purposes.
If no opposition is filed, the registration certificate will be issued.

Kenya Trade Mark Agents

Smit & van Wyk, Inc. trademark agents in Africa: Our services include trademark applications, maintenance and protection in Kenya. The patent and trademark attorneys at our firm are dedicated individuals, skilled in their fields of practice, and can provide clear advice on complex legal matters to clients from all over the world.