PCT National Stage Entry for the African Region

In response to the growth of IP in Africa and client requests, inovia is happy to announce today that Spoor & Fisher has joined our global agent network and will handle our PCT national stage entries into ARIPO.  With the addition of this award-winning law firm, inovia is now able to handle PCT national stage entry into 43 countries and regions.

Some quick facts about ARIPO:

  • ARIPO stands for African Regional Intellectual Property Organization.
  • It was created by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) via the Lusaka Agreement on December 9, 1976.
  • ARIPO’s current 16 member states are: Botswana, Gambia, Ghana,  Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • ARIPO is governed by the Harare Protocol for patents, utility models and industrial designs and the Banjul Protocol for trademarks.
  • ARIPO may be designated both under the PCT or the Paris Convention.

Further information on ARIPO can be found at www.aripo.org and also on the WIPO website.  You can run an estimate of filing into ARIPO with our foreign filing platform.


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