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ARIPO

ARIPO Intellectual Property is mandated to grant patents on behalf of the Harare Protocol Contracting States in accordance with the provisions of the Harare Protocol on Patents, Designs and Utility Models. ARIPO is mandated to register marks and the administration of such registered marks on behalf of the Banjul Protocol Contracting States.

OAPI

OAPI Intellectual Property covers Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo. A single application automatically covers all countries mentioned above.

Challenges for Asian Companies in African Markets

Challenges for Asian Companies in African Markets

Entering the African markets can be intimidating for Asian companies, but with the right strategic partners, entry can be simplified and successful. Lack of African market data and statistics is...

African Countries to Invest In

African Countries to Invest In

The African continent is a largely untapped market. With 54 countries and an estimated over 1.366 billion inhabitants (16.72% of the world population), Africa presents a valuable target for small...

Business Development in Africa

Business Development in Africa

Despite the innovation and growth of business development in Africa, a gap remains for foreign goods and services, technology, infrastructure and investment. This makes business in Africa lucrative,...

The Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a significant infrastructure project designed to expand China’s economic involvement on an international scale. Occasionally referred to as the “New Silk Road”,...

Challenges for Asian Companies in African Markets

Intellectual Property protection in Africa

Why it is Important for Asian Companies to Protect Intellectual Property in Africa? Asian companies are shifting from manufacturing to high-tech research and product development. Consequently, Asian...

Trademark office in South Africa

Trademark office in South Africa

The trademark office in South Africa is officially known as the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) which is responsible for the registration of trademarks, granting of...

What is Cybersquatting?

What is Cybersquatting?

“Cybersquatting” may sound like a strange eviction nightmare, but it is a commercial reality faced by entrepreneurs and corporations across the globe. Cybersquatting refers to the practice of...

Big Data and Data Protection in South Africa

Big Data and Data Protection in South Africa

In 1996, Bill Gates wrote an essay entitled “Content is King”, alluding to how he predicted money to be made through the Internet. As true as that is today, with the advent of big data, artificial...

Patentability of Cannabis Products in South Africa

Patentability of Cannabis Products in South Africa

We take a closer look at the patentability of cannabis products in South Africa. Cannabis products and by-products are taking the South African market by storm.  The question therefore arises as to...

Trademark office in South Africa

Foreign IP filings into Africa

According to estimates, Africa’s population will reach 2.4 billion by the year 2050. This will, in turn, create considerable opportunities in terms of economic growth which also creates...

Gambia to join the Banjul Protocol

Gambia to join the Banjul Protocol

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) is an intergovernmental organisation for English-speaking African countries that provides for the filing of a single trade mark...

Banjul Protocol Update

Banjul Protocol Update

On 15 May 2020, the Government of the Republic of Mozambique deposited its instrument of accession to the Banjul Protocol on Marks.  The instrument of accession is pursuant to a previous...

Uganda Trade Mark Regulations Amendments

Uganda Trade Mark Regulations Amendments

“The Trademarks Act No.17, 2010 was recently amended by the Trademark (Amendment) Regulations No. 9 of 2021”. Uganda has recently amended its Trade Mark Regulations, bringing about several...

Protecting Innovations, indirectly through AfCFTA

Protecting Innovations, indirectly through AfCFTA

The African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA is a free trade area founded in 2018, with trade commencing as of 1 January 2021. It was created among 54 of the 55 African Union nations. One of the...