Kenya is a Contracting Party to several treaties on intellectual property which include the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. It is also a member of ARIPO.
• The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) is the competent office responsible for copyright and related rights in Kenya.
• You can visit this office at http://www.copyright.go.ke
Industrial Property Offices
• The Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) (Ministry of Trade and Industry) is the competent office responsible for the administration of intellectual property rights in Kenya.
• You can visit this office at http://www.kipi.go.ke
Social media presence
You can follow Kenya’s copyright office on twitter @KenyaCopyright and on Facebook with the username Kenya Copyright Board. The industrial property office is not on Facebook or Twitter, but the interactive facility (for comments) on its website is better than nothing.
Latest intellectual property update/law
The Copyright (Amendment) Regulations (2011) amending the Copyright Regulations (2004). Also the Competition Act No. 12 of 2010 which came into force on 1 August 2011 makes provisions concerning the protection of intellectual property rights.
Both IP offices in Kenya are currently doing a fantastic job in terms of accessibility. Their websites are well updated and loaded with useful information and documents any IP devotee would love to see.
All Afro-IP can say is: “keep it up”!