Intellectual Property Rights in Kenya

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Konrad Adenauer Stiftung


For decades, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung has endeavoured to promote and protect the rule of law around the world out of the recognition that this is essential for the enjoyment of human and political rights, and that it forms a fundamental pillar for achieving fair, sustainable and broad-based socioeconomic growth and prosperity. In these hard and trying times for the world economy, the need for rule of law reforms that encourage entrepreneurship and business development cannot be gainsaid. Respect for the rule of law not only creates favourable conditions that foster business development, but also provides essential assurance and confidence for investors. Whereas, the concept of the rule of law encompasses a very wide scope in the field of economy, this publication on fines itself to the protection of intellectual property rights in the Kenyan context. It is undoubted that if Kenya’s Vision 2030 is to be realized, the protection and promotion of intellectual property rights which includes patents, trademarks and copyrights must be granted due attention. This will offer inventors and artists the much needed confidence and trust, in addition to offering them the legal incentive to create and explore further, since they are assured of exclusive rights for a finite period of time. These guarantees will not only allow innovators to recoup the costs put into creating products but are also essential for creating and sustaining modern, knowledge and technology based economies necessary to develop in today’s global market. Consumers and traders too, stand to benefit from the enforcement of intellectual property rights because this will help in ensuring product safety and increase the likelihood of access to cutting-edge and innovative products and services. We hope that this publication will offer valuable information to its users on the general aspects of the intellectual property rights in Kenya, but more importantly, that it will contribute towards the improvement and strengthening of intellectual property rights regime in Kenya as the country positions itself to compete with other nations in this highly dynamic and sophisticated world market.



Property Ownership, Intellectual Property Rights, TRIPS Agreement


Moni Wekesa and Ben Sihanya (eds). (2009). Intellectual Property Rights in Kenya; Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Nairobi-Kenya