Asked by Michael Omare Kenya
How do I patent a Product Idea in Kenya?
Ojvind KrabbeFounder AfricaPace
2 points. Voted up by Michael Omare, Ojvind Krabbe
You have to make a complete product description; What the product is for, why it is special and how you are going to produce it. It is always an advantage to investigate if similar or competing product is already in the market. Basically, you must find the correct entity that deals with patents and ask exactly what the requirements are. Be aware that patenting a product costs money so do thorough research first.
Jan 03, 2012
Thanks for a well answered question. - Michael Omare 6 years

Norman BoinettICT Manager Kenya Investment Authority
Please visit the Kenya Intellectual Property Institute (KIPI) website at you will get more information and contact that can assist and guide you in the registration process.
Jan 09, 2012

Frederik Pétursson MadsenCo-founder AfricaPace
1 point. Voted up by Ojvind Krabbe
The patentability of an idea depends on four overall factors:

1. It must be of patentable subject matter (E.g Amazon is able to secure a patent for its one click check out system in the US but not so in EU)
2. Novelty (i.e. at least some aspect of it must be new),
3. Non-obvious (in United States patent law) or involve an inventive step (in EU patent law)
4. Usefulness (in U.S. patent law) or be susceptible of industrial application (in EU).

In Kenya the Kenya Copyright Board under the Office of the Attorney General administers copyright and related rights.

The IPR legislation of Kenya incorporates the provisions of the TRIPS Agreement and other international conventions that were passed after the TRIPS Agreement. The Kenyan legislation is therefore in line with other WTO countries.
Jan 04, 2012
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