Africa IP Expertise

Africa. A continent with 59 countries and surrounding islands, each with different laws, economies, policies and infrastructures at different stages of development. A continent the size of the US, China, Japan, the EU, India and Argentina with a combined population to match. What intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement strategies should you choose for your trade marks, patents, designs and copyright?

Whether you need information on filing requirements or want to learn more about regional intellectual property (IP) organisations such as OAPI, make use of our interactive Africa map below. The map also shows a selection of frequently asked questions such as where trade marks, patents and designs can be protected, where searches are possible and where effective action can be taken.

To see the countries that belong to each regional or international arrangement, hover over the relevant arrangement in the drop-down menu. If you ‘select’ one, another window will open containing further details.