The Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI)has accepted a trademark application by the deputy president, stopping other individuals from using the name ‘Riggy G’ without permission.
Kenyans who use the name will face a five-year jail term or pay Ksh200,000 for violating the trademark law.
According to a document seen by The Kenya Times, Gachagua applied for the trademark in November last year, which means unless someone files a valid document within the next 6 months, the deputy president will have full rights to use the name ‘Riggy G’ as he pleases.
The document further forbids individuals from using the name on printed matter, clothing, footwear or headgear.
“Framed or unframed lithographs, paintings and watercolors; address stamps; booklets; advertisement boards; magazines; packaging material; paper bags, envelopes and containers for packaging,” the document read in part.
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This includes the use of the phrase while “providing of training; sporting and cultural activities; coaching or training, arranging and conducting of congresses; organization of competitions,” noted the institute.
“Any person who sells or imports any goods or performs any services to which a registered trademark is falsely applied shall be guilty of an offence.
“The person is also liable to a fine not exceeding two hundred thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both,” the ACT reads in part.
The deputy president embraced the name ‘Riggy G’ after a content creator, Ivy Chelimo, came up with it during the 2022 deputy president debates.
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