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Client update on IP & Technology team: Covid-19: Registry Update

19 March 2020
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We wish to update you on our business continuity plans as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread, affecting many families and disrupting normal business operations across the world.

We are fully committed to the fight against this pandemic and our focus is on doing what we can to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees and visitors, insofar as this is possible, while still delivering, servicing our clients’ needs and continuing as business as usual to the highest standards possible in the circumstances.

As a result, we have taken and will continue to take a number of measures to ensure that our employees are safe and that we can continue to deliver high quality assistance to enable you navigate through your legal challenges during this period.

We ask you to help us by choosing to meet remotely via video or telephone conferencing and to avoid coming to our offices for meetings, particularly if you have recently travelled outside of your home country.

The Industrial Property Tribunal announced on 18 March 2020 that they would be reducing their workforce to skeleton staff only in light of the Government’s recent directive and only urgent matters will be attended to.  The Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) continues to operate as normal and we continue to attend to new and existing matters at KIPI on behalf of our clients.  Our registry team is actively engaging with all senior personnel at KIPI as regards their proposed operational strategy. 

As part of our ongoing business continuity procedures, we are able to work from home should the need arise, and so we would just like to reassure you that even in the event of a complete shutdown of access to our physical premises, we would be able to continue to operate and deliver services to you, with a minimum of disruption wherever possible

We will advise you of any further developments as the situation evolves. All our partners and lawyers across our offices remain available to you at all times.   For now however it is very much business as usual.

If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to reach us through the following contacts: