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Important notice for Kenya imports

Apr 28,2022

Donvay Wegierski - Director

Intellectual Property rights (“IPR”) owners who import goods into Kenya

Mandatory recordation of Intellectual Property Rights as of 1 July 2022

by Donvay Wegierski, Director, and Monique le Roux, Candidate Attorney

Kenya’s Anti-Counterfeit (Recordation) Regulations 2021 requires Intellectual Property rights (“IPR”) owners who import goods into Kenya to record their IPR with the Anti-Counterfeit Authority (“ACA“). We attach the Public Notice No. 1/2022 dated 26 April 2022 announcing the commencement of Recordation of IPR from 1 July 2022.   

With the exception of the importation of raw material or “items used as ingredients in the manufacture of goods“, Recordation will be mandatory, as provided for in Section 34B of the Anti-Counterfeit Act, no. 13 of 2008.

The term “Intellectual Property Right” (IPR) defined under the Anti-Counterfeit Act, 2008 includes:

  • any right protected under the Kenyan Copyright Act, 2001;
  • any plant breeders’ right granted under the Kenyan Seeds and Plant Varieties Act;
  • any right protected under the Kenyan Trade Marks Act and;
  • any right protected under the Kenyan Industrial Property Act, 2001.

Furthermore, the Anti-Counterfeit Act recognises IPR’s registered outside Kenya.

Requirements and Obligations

  • Annual renewals of Recordations will be required and any changes to the Registrant are on application to the ACA;
  • Anticipated time frames for Recordation are 35 – 40 days;
  • The security device is to be issued to importers of goods whose IP has been recorded with the ACA;
  • Presently the importation of goods not recorded will be an offence.

Either the IPR owner, authorised agent, or licensee may apply for the Recordation to include:

  • Name and address of IPR owner;
  • Name and address of authorised importers;
  • Name and address of the manufacturer;
  • Original simply signed Power of Attorney form;
  • Photographs of the protected goods;
  • Description of the IP and description of the goods;
  • Details of the place of manufacture of the goods;
  • Certified copies of the certificates of registration for the IP;
  • A copy of the certificate of incorporation of the applicant;
  • The Applicant’s Tax registration number;

Please contact the Werksmans Intellectual Property Team for further assistance.