Chapter 29

Towards TRIPS Compliance:Kenya's legislative reforms

James Otieno-Odek

Kenya became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 1 January 1995. To implement its patent-related TRIPS obligations, the Attorney General published the Industrial Property Bill in May 2000, which was subsequently passed by parliament, and is now the Industrial Property Act. The act seeks to bring Kenya's intellectual property regime into conformity with both TRIPS and the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

The Kenya Industrial Property Act domesticates most of the TRIPS obligations, specifically by incorporating its provisions relating to the patent protection period of 20 years, forfeiture or revocation of patents, abolition of the obligation to locally ...

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