Ethics Review Committee
P. O. BOX 43844–00100 Nairobi
Tel.: +254(20)8714388
Office: Moi Library, Rm 25

A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, it can be a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. In order to be patentable, the invention must fulfill several conditions. It must be of practical utility. It must show an element of novelty and have an inventive step.
In Kenya an innovation that fails to meet this criterion can be protected by Utility Model.
Patent protection means that the invention cannot be commercially made, used, distributed or sold without the patent owners consent. Patents provide recognition to individuals for creativity and economic reward for marketable inventions.
In Kenya patents are filed and registered at KIPI, patents can also be filed at African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) at Harare Zimbabwe and can also be done at World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva Switzerland.Patent protection is for 20 years while for Utility Models in Kenya is for 10 years.

Patents/Utility Models Filed by Kenyatta University.

Patenting Procedure
When you have a potential Invention;
1. Fill an innovation disclosure form and send via email to Director IPR (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
2. The IPR Board will evaluate the innovation for novelty, inventive steps and Utility
3. Patent or Utility Model specification will be prepared by Director intellectual property right
4. Application will be made initially at Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI). When an invention shows more global commercial potential, an application will be made at WIPO for Patent Cooperative Treaty (PCT).
5. If patent or Utility Model is awarded, the IP could be developed and commercialized through licensing. Inventors will benefit from their invention. Check Kenyatta University Property Policy for royalty payment schedules.


Director, Innovation Incubation and University Industry Linkages,
P.O. BOX 43844–00100 Nairobi
Tel: +254-208710901-19, Ext: 3870
Chandaria Innovation Centre, 2nd Floor.

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