AfrIPI endorses Intellectual Property cooperation plan in Africa.
On 7 September, AfrIPI -the first-ever African cooperation project focusing on Intellectual Property Rights- held its inaugural Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting.
The project partners – the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI), the African Union Commission (AUC), the European Commission and the EUIPO – discussed and approved the AfrIPI overall plan and future activities for next years.
Among other activities, AfrIPI will support the registration of geographical indications (GIs) in Africa and the EU, the development of IP guidelines for OAPI and ARIPO member states, and train IP examiners on international frameworks (such as The Hague Agreement).
Now that the AfrIPi overall and annual plans are approved, the project will enhance protection and promotion of IP Rights in Africa, hence contributing to national economies, trade and business in the region. Read More…