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Renewal of overdue trademarks in Kenya – Further update

Further to our previous initial and follow-up reports, the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) is continuing its initiative to rid its Trade Marks Register of unwanted trade mark registrations by publishing further Special Industrial Property Journals containing trade marks that have not been timeously renewed. The latest journal (containing over 3,000 marks) can be accessed here.

As previously advised, the journal offers trade mark proprietors a period of 30 days to pay the prescribed ordinary and late renewal fees, whereafter the relevant marks will be removed from the Register if the fees are not paid. There is also an opportunity to have the official records updated if a mark was included in the Journal in error. The deadline by which marks listed in this latest journal must be renewed is 15 July 2021.

We are routinely reviewing the journals to ensure that none of our clients’ marks have been included, but please contact us if you need any assistance in this regard.

View this article in World Trademark Review here.

By Adré Pretorius, Trademark Attorney.