Kenya is a party to the Madrid System for international registration of Trade Marks, and the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property. It is possible to claim priority under the Paris Convention.
Kenya follows a multi-class filing system and recognises both goods and services classes in terms of the 10th edition of the Nice Classification.
The total time from filing to registration is approximately 12 months. Trade Mark applications are examined for compliance with formal and substantive requirements and are published in the official gazette after acceptance. Trade Marks may be opposed within 60 days from the date of publication.