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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:  Yes
  • PCT: Yes (national phase deadline is 30 months from the priority date)
  • ARIPO:  Yes (see ARIPO requirements for designating Kenya in an ARIPO application)
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT application (or English translation thereof) or English specification, claims and abstract if non-PCT (required on the day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, simply signed (no set deadline)
  • Assignment of Invention, simply signed (if not filed in the international phase) (no set deadline)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (no set deadline)
  • Certified priority document (if not lodged in the international phase) (no set deadline)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required

Patentability:   Methods of medical treatment, surgery or diagnosis are not patentable

Excess Fees:   Excess fees are incurred for more than 10 claims, payable at the time of receiving a notification from the Patent Office or requesting examination, whichever is earlier

Examination:   Substantive examination, must be requested within 3 years from the international filing date

Term of Patent:   20 years from the effective filing date

Renewals:   Payable annually in advance from the first anniversary of the effective filing date

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 580 500 km2
  • Population: 40 million
  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Currency: Kenyan Shilling
  • GDP:   $ 65.9 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .ke
  • Languages: Swahili, English (official languages)
  • Exports: Coffee; tea; horticultural products; hides and skins
  • Imports: Machinery and transportation equipment; consumer goods; petroleum products; iron and steel

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Berne Convention
  • Madrid Agreement on Marks
  • Madrid Protocol on Marks
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Convention