Friday, May 12 2023   \  Published by Inventa IP.

Using the African Regional Patent Offices to seek protection in enlarged markets

Using the African Regional Patent Offices to seek protection in enlarged markets

Introduction

Africa has two Regional Patent Offices, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) which may provide access to patent protection in a significant set of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

ARIPO (African Regional Intellectual Property Organization) is an intergovernmental organization with 22 member states, in what patent refers, including Botswana, Cape Verde, Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. ARIPO promotes developing and using intellectual property (IP) in Africa through a centralized registration and administration system.

The African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) is an intergovernmental organization that provides IP services for its 17 member states, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. Read more

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