African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)

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1976-12-09 Lusaka Zambia


Established under the auspices of E-XE4174 - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and B-XB3635 - World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), on signature of an agreement by delegates of 6 states, following resolutions adopted 1972, Nairobi (Kenya) and 1974, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), and meeting, Oct 1975, Nairobi. Agreement entered into force 15 Feb 1978. Secretariat established 1 Jun 1981, Harare (Zimbabwe), prior to which ECA and WIPO acted as joint secretariat in Nairobi. Name changed Dec 1985, Harare, to African Regional Industrial Property Organization, at 9th session, following amendment to the Lusaka Agreement so as to no longer restrict membership to English-speaking states but to open it to all members of H-XD3027 - Organization of African Unity (OAU) or ECA.

Protocols to the Lusaka agreement:

Revised, 1 Jul 1994, to link with

T-XT7097 - Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT); and again under revision in the light of T-XT0098 - Patent Law Treaty (PLT). Protocol was amended to incorporate utility model 'Petty Patents', 1999.

Revised since 1997, to align with

T-XT9411 - Trademark Law Treaty (TLT) and T-XT9491 - WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS);


Promote harmonization and development of intellectual property laws, and matters related thereto, appropriate to the needs of members and of the region as a whole; foster establishment of a close relationship between members; establish common services or organs for coordination, harmonization and development of intellectual property activities; establish schemes for training of staff in administration of intellectual property laws; promote exchange of ideas, experience, research and studies; promote and evolve a common view and approach of members; assist members in acquisition and development of technology relating to intellectual property matters; promote, in its members, the development of copyright and related rights.


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Council of Ministers (meets every 2 years); Administrative Council (meets at least once a year); Independent Board of Appeal; Technical and Administrative Committees; Secretariat. Includes: K-XF0605 - Patent Documentation and Information Centre (PADIC).


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 13: Climate Action



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