African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)


ARIPO was mainly established to pool the resources of its member countries in industrial property matters together in order to avoid duplication of financial and human resources.

In 1973 the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) responded to a request by English-speaking African countries for assistance in pooling their resources together in industrial property matters by establishing a regional organization. Following a number of meetings at ECA headquarters in Addis Ababa and WIPO in Geneva, a draft Agreement on the Creation of the Industrial Property Organization for English-speaking Africa (ESARIPO) was prepared. This agreement, now known as the Lusaka Agreement, was adopted by a Diplomatic Conference held in Lusaka, Zambia on December 9, 1976.

ARIPO's objectives are aimed at promoting the harmonization and development of the industrial property laws, and related matters.

ZWHarare, Zimbabwe
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Fernando Dos Santos
Profile added by In-house East Africa on 14 Oct 2016
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