Recently we launched our Trade Marks (TM) Database – a groundbreaking web-based portal for conducting free searches of recent trade mark applications advertised by Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI). The TM Database is now available here. It currently has over 27,130 fully searchable trademarks and this number is growing by the day as more applications are added to our platform.
As many may know, once a trade mark application has been examined by KIPI and the examiner finds no grounds to refuse a trade mark application, the trade mark is advertised in the Industrial Property Journal published monthly by KIPI to allow any interested party an opportunity to raise objections to the pending application prior to registration. The information contained in the Industrial Property Journal includes: the number and filing date, the representation of the mark, the class, the specification of the goods or services, the name and address of the applicant, any other claims (Colour claims, disclaimers.).
As such, a typical search result from our database generates the following data on a given trademark: journal date, trademark number, name and address of applicant, date of application, class of registration, disclaimers, name and address of the applicant’s agent (in most cases, a law firm) and pictorial representations of the mark.
The TM Database also allows users to conduct an advanced search based on certain specific search parameters. For instance, an advanced search would be useful for a user who knows the trade mark application number but would like other details of the mark in question such as the registration classes. Other advanced search parameters include date of advertisement, trade mark agent on record and registration classes.