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ARIPO Patent Filings

ARIPO Patents

Smit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property law firm specialises in Patent and PCT National Phase filings for ARIPO (African Regional Intellectual Property Organization). ARIPO is an intergovernmental organisation for English-speaking African countries which implements common administrative procedures from a uniform system for the protection of intellectual property. The relevant protocol for ARIPO patents is the Harare Protocol, which 18 States have acceded to:

Botswana
Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
Gambia
Ghana
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Malawi
Mozambique
Namibia
Rwanda
Sào Tomé and Príncipe
Sierra Leone
Sudan
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

ARIPO requires the applicant to choose the specific member states where protection is required.

(Unlike OAPI where a single application automatically covers all member states)

ARIPO trade marks require the applicant to choose the specific member states where protection is required (Unlike OAPI where a single application automatically covers all member states). ARIPO also features the Swakopmund Protocol on the protection of traditional knowledge. For ARIPO Trade Mark filings, follow this link.

Filing Requirements for ARIPO Patents

Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)
Power of Attorney (signed)
Specification, claims and abstract in English.
Drawings, if applicable.
International Patent Classification.
Assignment of Invention.
Priority document with verified English translation.

National Phase PCT Applications:
Power of Attorney (signed)
Specification, claims and abstract in English.
Drawings, if applicable.
International Patent Classification.
Copy of PCT International Publication (required on day of filing)
Copy of International Search Report.
Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report.

Patents

Inventions, Ideas, New, Inventive and Useful, Gadgets, Biotech

Designs

Appearance, Aesthetic, Functional, Industrial Design, Design Patents

Tarde Marks

Name, Slogan, Logo, Shapes, 3D Marks, Holograms, Motions

Copyright

Literary, Musical, Artistic, Sound Recordings, Broadcasts, Photography

Franchising

Buying or Starting a Franchise, Franchise Agreements

Intellectual Property in Africa

Smit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property services spans across the entire African continent. Patent, PCT National Phase applications and Trade Mark filings in most African countries, OAPI and ARIPO.

ARIPO and OAPI
Many African countries form part of ARIPO or OAPI allowing for the filing of only one application to obtain protection in multiple territories. These regional systems reduce the administrative burden of those countries and support a better output of the relevant laws.

Most applications / filings
South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Kenya, Angola, Tanzania, Mauritius, Tunisia, Zambia, Ethiopia.

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