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augusts 26, 2021 News

Pan-African intellectual property project launched


 

On 26 August, the Africa Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation Project (AfrIPI) was officially launched during an event of the Africa Regional Intellectual Prop rty Organisation Diplomatic Conference, held in Kampala, Uganda.

AfrIPI is a five-year EU-funded international cooperation project that aims to create, protect, and promote intellectual property rights in Africa. The project involves collaboration with African governments, regional intellectual property organisations, civil society, academia and the private sector, and it carries out cooperation activities in the field of intellectual property. The launch follows the establishment of the AfrIPI team in Harare (Zimbabwe) and Yaoundé (Cameroon).

The launch event included representatives from the African Union Commission, the EU Delegation to Uganda, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO), the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI), and the EUIPO. The Malawian artist and singer, Tay Grin, also participated in the event.

Among other activities, AfrIPI has already supported an application to protect the Cameroonian geographical indication ‘Penja Pepper’ at EU level, the commercial launch of the ‘Cabrito de Tete’ in Mozambique, the development of examination guidelines for trade marks and designs in OAPI, and the development of common guidelines on trade marks for ARIPO Member States. It has also raised awareness on plant variety protection (Arusha protocol), a centralised registration procedure for trade marks (Banjul Protocol), and IP rights favouring small and medium enterprises.

More information on AfrIPI


 
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