Djibouti joins the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

Djibouti deposited its instrument of accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on 23 June 2016. Djibouti is the 150th Member State to join the PCT and the Treaty will enter into force for Djibouti on 23 September 2016.

Djibouti may be designated in PCT International applications from 23 September 2016. However, the law in Djibouti has not yet been amended to recognise the PCT. The PCT began in 1978 with 18 Contracting States and it is encouraging to note that 46 countries in Africa as well as the 2 regional organisations, i.e. African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) and Organization Africaine de la Propriete Intellectuelle (OAPI), have joined the PCT – see map. African countries clearly recognise the need to increase understanding of the importance of intellectual property (IP) for business development and wealth creation and of its impact on economic growth.

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Date published: 2016/06/29
Author: Spoor & Fisher