Piracy is, unfortunately, not limited to the high seas but has become a real threat in the digital world and causes staggering losses of billions in potential revenue.  These potential and real losses are also not limited to the digital world. Apart from the vital role of educating and creating an awareness of the value […]


KENYA – Rapper Bamboo awarded Sh4.5 Milliion (US$38500) in copyright dispute.

After nine (9) years, Simon Kimani, more commonly known by his fans as Bamboo, a popular rapper now turned preacher, has been awarded Sh 4 500 000 (approximately US$38500) for Copyright infringement by one of Kenya’s leading telecommunications companies. The infringement arose through the use of the telecommunications company of Bamboo’s songs, Mama Africa, Yes […]

Africa GeneralKenya

KENYA – New Managing Director of KIPI appointed

With effect from 1 June 2023, Ms Norah Ratemo has been appointed as the new Acting Managing Director of the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI). The appointment marks the end of Mr John Onyango’s tenure as Acting Managing Director of KIPI which began on 1 December 2019. The last permanently appointed MD of KIPI was […]

Africa Ip updatesKenya

KENYA – Kenya and Uganda joining forces to fight counterfeit goods

The Anti-Counterfeit Authority of Kenya (ACA) and Uganda’s Anti-Counterfeit Network (ACN Africa) have signed a memorandum, to fight against the distribution of counterfeit goods across the East African region. According to the World Economic Forum’s estimates, illicit trade currently deprives the global economy of USD 2.2 Trillion annually. The ACN confirmed that Uganda, on its […]

Africa Ip updatesKenya

KENYA – Terik Community partners with KEMRI to create a new deworming product based on traditional indigenous knowledge

The Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) has, in partnership with Terik Essential Programs Agency for Development (TEPAD), created a deworming porridge which formed part of an initiative of the Terik Community’s schools. The product, Ujiplus, is a porridge consisting of herbal deworming properties derived from the community’s traditional herbal practices. The community sought to partner […]

Africa Ip updatesKenya

Kenya: Anti-Counterfeit Authority Implements New Strategy

The Anti-Counterfeit Authority of Kenya launched its third strategic plan amidst also celebrating its re-certification of ISO standards related to Quality Management Systems Certification.

Africa Ip updatesKenya

Kenyan Anti-Counterfeiting Authority – PUBLIC NOTICE No 1/2023

In December 2022 and in line with its proposed phased approach, the ACA published a list of HS codes for goods which have been categorized under phase one of the implementation process and now require ACA import permit application starting 1st January 2023. The HS codes published then covered electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders […]

Africa GeneralKenya

Kenyan Anti-Counterfeiting Authority publishes HS codes goods requiring ACA import permit application

In earlier announcement, the Kenyan Anti-Counterfeiting Authority (ACA) announced that, as of 1 January 2023, it would be an offence to import goods bearing IP into Kenya where the trademark owner has not recorded the IP rights with the ACA. In December 2022 and in line with its proposed phased approach, the ACA published a […]

Africa GeneralKenya

ACA Recordals deadline looming

The Kenyan Anti-Counterfeit Authority (“ACA”) has issued a Public Notice which stipulates that the final deadline for trade mark owners to record their rights with the authority remains 1 January 2023. No further extensions will be granted. As of that date it would be an offence to import goods bearing IP that has not been […]

Africa GeneralKenya

Kenya – Update on the implementation of Recordation of Intellectual Property Rights for Imports

On 29th November 2022, the Anti-Counterfeit Authority (“ACA”) issued and circulated a Public Notice no. 3/2022, available here, essentially reiterating that the Mandatory recordal of intellectual property rights for importation purposes will be implemented on 1st January 2023. The ACA advised that further extension/s of the implementation of the Recordation Regulations are not contemplated at this stage. Importers are urged to […]

Africa GeneralKenya