The Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) has issued a notice to de-register 3197 Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Utility models, if their owners will not renew.
“Section 23 of the Trade Marks Act provides that registration of a trade mark in Kenya shall expire after a period of ten (10) years. The Act also provides that the proprietor of a registered trade mark may make an application for renewal of the trade mark upon completion of the prescribed Form TM 10 and payment of the prescribed renewal fee. Rule 65 of the Trade Mark Rules provides that where no application for renewal of a registered trade mark is received upon expiry of the ten year period, the Registrar of Trade Marks shall notify the proprietor of this fact. Where no application for renewal of the registered trade mark is received within a period of sixty (60) daysfrom the date of the notice for renewal by the Registrar, rule 67 of the Trade Mark Rules requires the Registrar of Trade Marks to publish this fact. In accordance with the above provisions, the Registrar of Trade Marks hereby notifies the public that the proprietors of the trade marks indicated below were duly notified and that they did not file applications for renewal of their respective trade marks’, KIPI wrote
Among prominent brands listed in the de-registration notice include, NIke International Limited, Cosmos Limited, LG Electronics Inc, Colgate Palmolive Company among others.
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