|Sào Tomé and Príncipe|
|ARIPO Member State|
|Situated in West Africa|
|Party to the Banjul and Harare Protocols|
The Democratic Republic of Sào Tomé and Príncipe deposited its Instrument of Accession to the Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs within the Framework of the African Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) on May 19, 2014. Therefore, the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Príncipe became a member of ARIPO with effect from May 19, 2014 and the Harare Protocol will enter into force with respect to the Democratic Republic of Sào Tomé and Príncipe on August 19, 2014 bringing the number of Member States of ARIPO to 19 and the number of states party to the Harare Protocol to 18. Since the Democratic Republic of Sào Tomé and Príncipe is also a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), this means that any international application filed on or after August 19, 2014 will include the designation of the Democratic Republic of Sào Tomé and Príncipe for an ARIPO patent, as well as for a national patent. Further, as from 19 August 2014 it will be possible for nationals and residents of the Democratic Republic of Sào Tomé and Príncipe to file international applications with ARIPO as a receiving Office.