Legal Fraternity Slams ACA on Proposed Amendments to Anti-Counterfeit Act

In a recent article in the Business Daily titled: ‘Proposed law on counterfeits will hurt businesses’, the foremost intellectual property (IP) law practitioner in the country, William Maema, has faulted Anti-Counterfeit Agency (ACA) on its proposed amendments to Anti-Counterfeit Act previously discussed on this blog here, here and here. In his hard-hitting article, Maema notes: … Continue reading Legal Fraternity Slams ACA on Proposed Amendments to Anti-Counterfeit Act

For Your Own Protection: Why Proposed Anti-Counterfeit Act Amendments Make Sense

The word ‘Disconnect’ (see caption image above) may be the title of the latest Kenyan blockbuster film but it also embodies the current raging debate over proposed changes to The Anti-Counterfeit Act No. 13 of 2008. In our previous blogposts here and here, we have largely dwelt on the demerits of the proposals contained in the Statute Law (Miscellaneous … Continue reading For Your Own Protection: Why Proposed Anti-Counterfeit Act Amendments Make Sense

Controversial 2018 Proposed Amendments to The Anti-Counterfeit Act

The Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2018 seeks to make various, wide-ranging amendments to existing intellectual property (IP) law-related statutes. The Bill contains proposed amendments to the following pieces of legislation: The Industrial Property Act, 2001 (No. 3 of 2001), The Copyright Act, 2001 (No. 12 of 2001), The Anti-Counterfeit Act, 2008 (No. 13 of … Continue reading Controversial 2018 Proposed Amendments to The Anti-Counterfeit Act

2018 Proposed Amendments to The Industrial Property Act

The Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2018 seeks to make various, wide-ranging amendments to the existing intellectual property (IP) law-related statutes. The Bill contains proposed amendments to the following pieces of legislation: The Industrial Property Act, 2001 (No. 3 of 2001), The Copyright Act, 2001 (No. 12 of 2001), The Anti-Counterfeit Act, 2008 (No. 13 … Continue reading 2018 Proposed Amendments to The Industrial Property Act

Proposed Amendments to Intellectual Property Laws in Kenya

On 11th November, 2016, pursuant to Special Issue of Kenya Gazette Supplement No.185 (National Assembly Bills No. 45) the Attorney General published the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Bill 2016. It is recalled that this Bill is intended to “make minor amendments which do not merit the publication of separate Bills and consolidating them into … Continue reading Proposed Amendments to Intellectual Property Laws in Kenya

Proposed Copyright Act Amendments on Regulation of Collective Management Organisations

This week, Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) has published a set of draft amendments on collective management organisations (CMOs) available here. KECOBO has requested the public to give comments on these ISP provisions through the email account: publicforum@copyright.go.ke. In this regard, KECOBO has confirmed that it shall convene a consultative public forum on February 11th 2016 at … Continue reading Proposed Copyright Act Amendments on Regulation of Collective Management Organisations

Proposed Copyright Act Amendments on Liability of Internet Service Providers

In an earlier post here, this blogger discussed a set of draft amendments published by Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) for public comments on the subject of internet service providers (ISPs) and web blocking measures in cases of online copyright infringements in Kenya. Subsequently this blogger discussed here several comments submitted to KECOBO on the draft ISP provisions. This week, KECOBO … Continue reading Proposed Copyright Act Amendments on Liability of Internet Service Providers

Proposed Amendments to Seeds and Plants Varieties Act

Article 11 of the Constitution of Kenya recognises culture as the foundation of the nation and as the cumulative civilization of the Kenyan people and nation and includes science and indigenous technologies and intellectual property (IP) rights of the people of Kenya within the scope of elements of culture that are recognised. The Constitution goes … Continue reading Proposed Amendments to Seeds and Plants Varieties Act

Proposed 2015 Intellectual Property Law Amendments: Kenya Copyright Act

Recently, the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Bill, 2015 was published in Kenya Gazette Supplement No. 165 (Bills No. 58). The Bill seeks to one section of the Copyright Act, namely section 30(8). A copy of this Bill is available here (See pages 3229-3230). This proposed amendment inserts the following words at the end … Continue reading Proposed 2015 Intellectual Property Law Amendments: Kenya Copyright Act

Proposed Intellectual Property Law Amendments: Kenya Anti-Counterfeit Act

In an earlier blogpost here, this blogger discussed proposed amendments to the Copyright Act introduced through the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2013 published in Kenya Gazette Supplement No. 146 (Bills No. 32). In similar fashion, this Bill also seeks to amend four sections of the Anti-Counterfeit Act, namely sections 2, 6, 16 and 34. … Continue reading Proposed Intellectual Property Law Amendments: Kenya Anti-Counterfeit Act