KENYA – Understanding the Anti-Counterfeit Agency

KENYA – Understanding the Anti-Counterfeit Agency

The Anti-Counterfeit Agency of Kenya is established under section 3 of the Anti-Counterfeit Act, 2008. Headquartered in Nairobi and under the Ministry of Industrialization, the functions of the nascent statutory body are to:- (a) Enlighten and inform the public on matters relating to counterfeiting (b) Combat counterfeiting, trade and other dealings in counterfeit goods in […]

The Anti-Counterfeit Agency of Kenya is established under section 3 of the Anti-Counterfeit Act, 2008. Headquartered in Nairobi and under the Ministry of Industrialization, the functions of the nascent statutory body are to:- (a) Enlighten and inform the public on matters relating to counterfeiting (b) Combat counterfeiting, trade and other dealings in counterfeit goods in […]
GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS – Much Expectation Yet No Law in Sight

GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS – Much Expectation Yet No Law in Sight

Kenya’s coffee is a preferred beverage of many worldwide. Kenya’s tea is equally brewed in many homes and restaurants all over the world. The sad news is that it seems to be quite some time before these (among other exports), will be registered as Kenyan brands under what is known as geographical indications or simply […]

Kenya’s coffee is a preferred beverage of many worldwide. Kenya’s tea is equally brewed in many homes and restaurants all over the world. The sad news is that it seems to be quite some time before these (among other exports), will be registered as Kenyan brands under what is known as geographical indications or simply […]
EAST AFRICA – Anti-counterfeiting Efforts Receive a Boost

EAST AFRICA – Anti-counterfeiting Efforts Receive a Boost

Anti-counterfeiting efforts in East Africa went a notch higher, with the first ever Regional Anti-Illicit Trade Conference being held in Nairobi, Kenya on 6th and 7th October 2010. The event was hosted by the East African Business Council (EABC); in partnership with the Government of Kenya and the East African Community Secretariat. According to EABC, […]

Anti-counterfeiting efforts in East Africa went a notch higher, with the first ever Regional Anti-Illicit Trade Conference being held in Nairobi, Kenya on 6th and 7th October 2010. The event was hosted by the East African Business Council (EABC); in partnership with the Government of Kenya and the East African Community Secretariat. According to EABC, […]
Ground-breaking case on “Well Known” Mark underway before the Registrar of Trade Marks

Ground-breaking case on “Well Known” Mark underway before the Registrar of Trade Marks

A ground-breaking case dealing with the concept of “Well Known” mark as set out in the WTO TRIPS Agreement and the Paris Convention, is underway before the Kenyan Registrar of Trade Marks, IP Kenya has learnt. X filed an application to register a certain trademark which went on to the advertisement stage. This was opposed […]

A ground-breaking case dealing with the concept of “Well Known” mark as set out in the WTO TRIPS Agreement and the Paris Convention, is underway before the Kenyan Registrar of Trade Marks, IP Kenya has learnt. X filed an application to register a certain trademark which went on to the advertisement stage. This was opposed […]
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