Intellectual Property Rights protection in Africa
The African region is one of the biggest consumer markets, therefore one of the targeted markets by IPR infringers, and counterfeits and substandard product manufacturers to sell their illegal products.
Cosmos Intellectual Property Services office in Kenya covers the African markets.
Kenya is a significant trade destination in Africa and a transit point to the landlocked countries in the East and part of Central Africa.
Kenya is one of the best countries when it comes to Intellectual Property Rights in Africa concerning developing the IPR laws with a government that believes that the fight against counterfeit products is a must-win war.
With Mombasa Port as the biggest port in East Africa and most developed, Kenya has witnessed phenomenal port infrastructure improvements including standard gauge railway and new modern berths that have increased cargo handling capacity for the last ten years.
Kenya Anti-Counterfeit Authority (ACA) was established under the Anti-Counterfeit Act 2008 as a State Corporation with the mandates to enlighten and inform the public on matters relating to counterfeiting, combat counterfeiting, trade and other dealings in counterfeit goods, advise and promote training programs to combat counterfeiting and coordinate with national, regional or international organizations involved in combating counterfeiting. ACA is a state corporation currently within the Ministry of
Industry, Investment, and Trade.