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Background Information

History of KIPI


Kenya Industrial Property Institute is a State Corporation under the Ministry of Investments, Trade and Industry. The Institute was established on 2nd May 2002 upon the coming into force of the Industrial Property Act 2001. Previously the Institute existed as Kenya Industrial Property Office (KIPO), which was established in February 1990 after enactment of the Industrial Property Act, CAP 509 of the Laws of Kenya.

The mandate of the Institute as provided for under the Industrial Property Act and the Trade Marks Act is to promote inventive and innovative activities and facilitate the acquisition of technology through registration and regulation of patents, utility models, technovations, industrial designs and trademarks.

The functions of the Institute are to:

  1. Administer industrial property rights;
  2. Provide technological information to the public;
  3. Promote inventiveness and innovativeness in Kenya; and
  4. Provide training on Industrial property.