On June 23, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry received Djibouti’s instrument of accession to the WIPO-administered Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The accession document was hand-delivered by Djibouti’s Minister Delegate to the Ministry of Economy and Finance in charge of Trade, SMEs, Handicrafts and Tourism Hassan Houmed Ibrahim. Djibouti’s accession brings the number of PCT members to 150. The PCT helps applicants in seeking patent protection internationally for their inventions, providing a cost effective system. The PCT also helps its members with their patent granting decisions, while providing public access to a wealth of technical information relating to those inventions. The PCT enters into force in Djibouti on September 23, 2016.
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.