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Intellectual property in Kenya

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
The Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI).

Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO)

Regional Organisations
Kenya is member of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization, ARIPO.
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Industrial Property Act, 2001
20 years from the request made by the inventor or the beneficiary at the Kenya Intellectual Property Institute Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Trademark Act (Amendment, 2007)
10 years renewable Trademark Law Treaty
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Industrial Property Act, 2001
5 years renewable from the date of registering the request.  
Chapter 130, The Copyright Act, 2001
50 years after the death of the author or up to 50 years after the death of the last author in the case of a joint work. Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
Industrial Property Act, 2001
Ten years non-renewable  

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