5th ARIPO Working Group meeting on the amendment of the Banjul and Harare Protocols
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) was established under the Lusaka Agreement of 1976. Its objective is to provide for the centralised registration of trade marks, patents, utility models and industrial designs as well as to promote harmonisation of intellectual property legislation of the ARIPO member countries.
The ARIPO Working Group met at the ARIPO headquarters (Harare, Zimbabwe) on 3 and 4 May 2016 to discuss further improvements to the Banjul and Harare Protocols.The meeting was opened by Fernando Dos Santos - the Director General of ARIPO.
The meeting was attended by ARIPO Officials, Government representatives from a number of the ARIPO member countries (including Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe) and ARIPO IP practitioners/agents. Craig Kahn attended the meetings on behalf of Spoor & Fisher.
The meetings covered various issues, including:
- Current operations and legal status of the Banjul and Harare Protocols
- Feedback from users of the Banjul and Harare Protocols and proposed amendments thereto
- Practical demonstration of the online ARIPO searching, e-filing and online payment systems
- Current operations and legal status of the Swakopmund and Arusha Protocols
Working Group delegates
Fernando Dos Santos - the Director General of ARIPO
Nancy Samuriwo – Chairperson of the Working Group
Craig Kahn from Spoor & Fisher making proposals
All photographs courtesy of ARIPO.
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