LEGAL ALERT: Intellectual Property Bill 2020 Analysis
The Intellectual Property Bill, 2020 (the Bill) introduces simplified application processes and procedures relating to matters intellectual property in Kenya. This is done by
proposing that all governing legislation are incorporated under one Act, guaranteeing cohesion and uniformity of reference.
The main objective of the Bill is to: -
a) Consolidate all laws relating to intellectual property;
b) Provide for the establishment of the Intellectual Property Office of Kenya by merging three intellectual property agencies namely Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), Anti-counterfeit Authority (ACA) and Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI);
c) Provide for the functions, organization and administration of the office.