Thursday, December 28 2023   \  Published by ARIPO.

Capacitating Patent Examiners in the ARIPO Region

Capacitating Patent Examiners in the ARIPO Region

ARIPO, in collaboration with the European Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in Africa (AfrIPI) hosted the ARIPO Regional Patent Examination Training (ARPET) from 16 to 25 October 2023. The training was curated to upskill participating patent examiners from ARIPO Member and Observer States and help to improve their skills, capacities, and efficiencies in conducting patent searches and handling the substantive examination of patent applications in their national patent offices in Africa.

Participants from ARIPO and Member States, Angola and Ethiopia who successfully completed Module B of the ARPET training in 2022 make up the graduating examiners who qualified for this final phase of the training. Expanding upon last year's Module B training session held in July, Modules C and D were introduced to provide further training to participants.

Statistics indicate a general shortage in patent search and examination skills in the African Region. Although empowered through national laws to provide search and examination of patent applications, most African countries are yet to fully develop the capacity, knowledge and skills to perform timely and high-quality searches and examinations of patent applications for their local constituents. ARIPO has stepped up the capacitation drive for its Member States in this regard. Read more

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