African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)
1976-12-09 Lusaka Zambia
Established 9 Dec 1976, Lusaka (Zambia), 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. Original title: Industrial Property Organization for English-Speaking Africa (ESARIPO) -- Organisation de la propriété industrielle de l'Afrique anglophone. 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 - OAU or ECA.
Protocols to the Lusaka agreement:
- T-XT8295 - Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs within the Framework of ARIPO (Harare Protocol), concluded 10 Dec 1982, Harare, as 'Protocol on patents and industrial designs within the framework of ESARIPO'.
Revised, 1 Jul 1994, to link with
- T-XT9395 - Banjul Protocol on Marks, concluded 1993, Banjul (Gambia).
Revised since 1997, to align with
- T-XT1023 - Swakopmund Protocol on the protection of traditional knowledge and expressions of folklore, adopted 2010, Swakopmund (Namibia);
- T-XT1502 - ARIPO Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants.
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.
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