CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Consultancy to develop ARIPO Model Law on Copyright and Related Rights

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is an Intergovernmental Organization created in 1976 under the Lusaka Agreement concluded under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Membership of the organization is open to all states members of the African Union (AU) or of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The present members of the Organization are: Botswana, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (Total: 19 states).

At the Forty-First Session of the Administrative Council held in Lilongwe, Malawi, on 20 to 22 November 2017, the Council adopted the recommendation to develop a Model Law on Copyright and Related Rights. The Administrative Council approved the roadmap to engage a consultant to develop the Model Law on Copyright and Related Rights. This decision requires that the Secretariat of ARIPO to engage the consultant to undertake the task. ARIPO therefore seeks to engage the services of a Consultant(s) (this can be a company or individual(s)) to undertake the development of ARIPO Model Law on Copyright and Related Rights.

The Consultant should have minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Laws or Social Sciences, Masters/ Postgraduate degree in Intellectual Property, with at least seven years experience in Copyright and Related Rights and Regional experience will be an added advantage. Experience in research, analytical and drafting skills, have an understanding of the development priorities and challenges in Copyright and Related Rights within ARIPO Member States, have undertaken similar studies in Copyright and Related Rights and/or Creative Industries.

Interested Consultants are invited to obtain the Terms of Reference (ToR) from the ARIPO Secretariat by contacting the Secretariat on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. jointly.

Deadline: Submissions of proposals must be received on or before 12th January, 2018 at 1600 hours. No late submissions will be accepted.

Submission of proposals should be addressed to:

Director General
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)
11 Natal Road, Belgravia
P O Box 4228
Harare
Zimbabwe
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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Consultancy for the development of best possible legal framework to implement the voluntary registration for ARIPO taking into account other aspects of Copyright and Related Rights

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is an Intergovernmental Organization created in 1976 under the Lusaka Agreement concluded under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Membership of the organization is open to all states members of the African Union (AU) or of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The present members of the Organization are: Botswana, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (Total: 19 states)

At the Forty-First Session of the Administrative Council held in Lilongwe, Malawi, on 20 to 22 November 2017, the Council adopted the recommendation to develop Legal Framework to implement the voluntary registration for ARIPO taking into account other aspects of Copyright and Related Rights. The Administrative Council approved the roadmap to engage a consultant(s) to develop the Legal Framework. This decision requires the Secretariat of ARIPO to engage the consultant to undertake the task. ARIPO therefore seeks to engage the services of a Consultant(s) (this can be a company or individual(s)) to undertake the development of a broader Legal Framework to anchor Copyright and Related Rights within ARIPO system that will encompass the Voluntary Copyright Registration and Notification for ARIPO. The Consultant should have minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Laws or Social Sciences, Masters/ Postgraduate degree in Intellectual Property, with at least seven years experience in Copyright and Related Rights and Regional experience will be an added advantage. Experience in research, analytical and drafting skills, have an understanding of the development priorities and challenges in Copyright and Related Rights within ARIPO Member States, have undertaken similar studies in Copyright and Related Rights and/or Creative Industries.

Interested Consultants are invited to obtain the Terms of Reference (ToR) from the ARIPO Secretariat by contacting the Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. jointly.

Deadline: Submissions of proposals must be received on or before 12th January, 2018 at 1600 hours. No late submissions will be accepted.

Submission of proposals should be addressed to:

Director General
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)
11 Natal Road, Belgravia
P O Box 4228
Harare, Zimbabwe
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JOB VACANCY: Professor/ Associate Professor/ Senior Lecturer – Intellectual Property & Innovation

MASTER OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROGRAMME & DPHIL in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Jointly sponsored by:      

    aripo              AfricaUniversity           WIPO

 

THE PROGRAMME

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), and Africa University are collaborating in offering a Masters Degree Programme in Intellectual Property (MIP) at Africa University. The programme seeks to assist graduate students and young professionals in Africa acquire appropriate knowledge and skills in the management of intellectual property systems and contribute to Africa’s development. Africa’s economic transformation will largely depend on its ability to build ecosystems that support research, innovation, and entrepreneurship to develop contextually relevant products and services, moving Africa from a consumer culture to a maker culture.

THE POSITION

Africa University seeks to appoint a suitably qualified professional as Professor/Associate Professor or Senior Lecturer. He/she will function as part of an interdisciplinary academic and management structure of the programme within the College of Business, Peace, Leadership and Governance at Africa University. He/she will work closely with the Assistant Dean, Head of Department, MIP coordinator and other CBPLG staff members.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the authority of the Vice Chancellor of Africa University, and reporting to the Dean of the College of Business, Peace, Leadership and Governance, the incumbent will serve in the capacity of IP and Innovation Professor and will provide leadership in contributing to the smooth organization and implementation of the activities of the MIP programme. He/she will be assigned the following responsibilities:

1. Provide leadership in the design, review and implementation of the IP curriculum, to ensure relevance, suitability and appropriateness of IP for innovation and other developmental needs of African countries;

2. Teach in the IP degree programmes at masters and doctoral levels, conduct and coordinate research and the collection of up-to-date information on trends in intellectual property practice in Africa and beyond;

3. Provide leadership in the supervision and coordination of the students’ innovative research and the preparation of their dissertations for final assessment;

4. Advance and encourage wider student and program initiatives on innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer

5. Supervise masters and doctoral students, and mentor, train, guide and motivate junior colleagues to carry out research

6. Provide advisory services to the university innovation hub and help develop an environment that will nurture research-based innovation and innovation-driven entrepreneurship for Africa University students

7. Facilitate training, workshops, seminars and executive courses in the field of Intellectual Property 

8. Attend CBPLG meetings and University wide Committee meetings;

9. Develop a data base of institutions, organizations and specialists involved in education and training activities in the intellectual property field in Africa; and contribute to the development of networking relationships among such institutions, organizations and specialists;

10. Provide leadership in mobilising resources, library books and materials aimed at promoting growth and development in the field of Intellectual Property;

11. Contribute to the preparation of progress and other reports on the IP programmes;

12. Collaborate with the Africa University research office for the promotion of innovative research and inventions; and

13. Carry out any other functions as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Applicants should make sure that their application shows very clearly how they believe that their skills and experience meet these criteria. The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:

1. An earned PhD and a proven record as a scholar in one or integrated IP areas and law;

2. Proven ability to contribute to the College and University’s research profile and an outstanding record in research and publication in IP;

3. Teaching experience at university graduate level and as an active researcher in the integrated field of IP.

4. Must have experience in developing and teaching online courses.

5. Experience in a leadership, managerial or senior academic position, in the public and/or private sector environment, or international development cooperation context an advantage;

6. Knowledge of contemporary challenges in the intellectual property field in Africa;

7. Ability to work in a culturally diverse Pan African environment, with a proven record of inclusive and multi-cultural skills in teaching, research, innovation and service.

8. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese an added advantage.

SALARY

A competitive salary is offered on the basis of qualifications and experience.

APPLICATION

Qualified candidates should submit their applications by 31 January 2018 with CVs, certified copies of academic and professional qualifications, and two reference letters to:

The Assistant Registrar, Personnel and Administration

Africa University, P. O. Box 1320,

Mutare, Zimbabwe,

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Masters Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP)

Jointly offered by:

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO);

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO);

and Africa University (AU)

2018/2019 ADMISSIONS

THE PROGRAM

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the Masters in Intellectual Property (MIP) Program. The Degree is jointly offered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and Africa University (AU), with financial support from the Government of Japan.

The duration is twelve months, from May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019, structured in three parts, as follows:

• First Part (May 1 to July 20, 2018): WIPO Academy Distance Learning Courses, undertaken via the Internet;

• Second Part (August 1 to December 8, 2018): Residential phase requiring physical attendance at lectures undertaken at Africa University in Mutare (Zimbabwe) and practical training sessions at ARIPO in Harare.

• Third Part (December 11, 2018 to April 30, 2019): Dissertation Phase requiring research and writing on an approved topic.

The Program adopts a comparative approach, with particular emphasis on Africa. Lectures are given by leading academics, intellectual property practitioners, intellectual property officers and other experts drawn from across Africa.

The provisional curriculum of the Program is available on the following website: Africa University (http://africau.edu/programmes/MastersinIntellectualproperty.html)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The MIP Programme is open to government officials, industry practitioners, senior students and young professionals from academic, research and development or other relevant background who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills in Intellectual Property law and practice. To be eligible, candidates are required to hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (second lower class) from a recognized university in any discipline and have a minimum of two years work experience. Proof of English proficiency is required, therefore, students coming from countries where the official language is not English will need to submit evidence of proficiency in an appropriate internationally approved English examination e.g IELTS, TOEFL.

AWARD

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, participants will be awarded a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP) by Africa University on behalf of WIPO and ARIPO.

FEES AND COSTS

For tuition, registration and accommodation fees please follow link (subject to annual review). Cost of meals and upkeep is estimated at US$350.00 per month per person.

SCHOLARSHIPS

With a view to contributing to the development of human resources in the field of Intellectual Property in Africa, WIPO, ARIPO and the Government of Japan will provide approximately 30 scholarships to qualified candidates from Africa. The scholarship shall cover the cost of a return air ticket, board and lodge at Africa University and ARIPO, tuition fees, registration fees and medical insurance.

To apply for scholarships online follow the following link https://welc.wipo.int/acc/index.jsf?page=aipCatalog.xhtml&lang=en&cc=MIP_AFRICA#plus_ MIP_AFRICA

 

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Interested candidates fulfilling the above mentioned requirements are invited to send their written applications to the following address:
Assistant Registrar-Academic Affairs
Africa University
Fairview Road, Off Nyanga Road
Old Mutare,
P.O. Box 1320
Mutare
Zimbabwe

or

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Application forms shall be accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae, CERTIFIED copies of university degree certificates/diplomas and transcripts and at least two letters of reference. These documents are to be received by Africa University no later than February 28, 2018. Applicants wishing to be considered for the various scholarships should specifically indicate so in their application, and endure that they apply online at the WIPO website.

Detailed information concerning the MIP Program is provided on the websites of Africa University (http://africau.edu/programmes/MastersinIntellectualproperty.html), the WIPO Academy (www.wipo.int/academy) and ARIPO (www.aripo.org).

 

KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY,

KUMASI, GHANA

SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ADMISSIONS INTO THE MASTERS DEGREE IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (MIP) PROGRAMME

 

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the Masters degree in Intellectual Property (MIP) Programme. The Degree is jointly offered by the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana and Intellectual Property Office of Ghana.

Duration

The duration is Twenty-four months, from February 28, 2018 to February 28, 2020 including holidays, structured in two parts, as follows:

  • First Year (February 2018 to December, 2018): Residential phase requiring physical attendance at lectures undertaken at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.
  • Second Year (January 2019 to February, 2020: Dissertation Phase requiring research and writing on an approved research topic.

The Programme adopts a comparative approach, with particular emphasis on Africa. Lectures are given by leading academics, intellectual property practitioners, intellectual property officers and other experts drawn from across Africa.

The provisional curriculum of the Programme is available on the following websites: KNUST (www.knust.edu.gh), and ARIPO (www.aripo.org).

Entry Requirements

Eligible candidates are required to hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (second class lower) from a recognized university in any discipline and have a minimum of two years work experience. Proof of English proficiency is required, therefore, students coming from countries where the official language is not English will need to submit evidence of proficiency in an appropriate internationally approved English examination e.g IELTS, TOEFL AWARD. Upon satisfactory completion of the

programme, participants will be awarded a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP) by KNUST on behalf of ARIPO.

Fee Schedule

The cost and funds required for the duration of the MIP programme for foreign and local students are provided in the table with appropriate breakdown as follows:

CATEGORY OF STUDENTS DESCRIPTION YEAR 1 YEAR 2 AMOUNT IN US$
Local students Tuition and Registration Fees   2500.00 1500.00 4000.00
Accommodation 1300.00 1300.00 2600.00
Total 3800.00 2800.00 6600.00
Foreign Students Tuition and Registration Fees   5000.00 3000.00 8,000.00
Accommodation 1300.00 1300.00 2600.00
Total 6300.00 4300.00 10,600.00
Estimated cost of meals and   upkeep per month 300.00 300.00

Scholarships

With a view to contributing to the development of human resources in the field of Intellectual Property in Africa, ARIPO will provide 5 scholarships for the 2017/2018 Academic Year. The scholarship shall cover the cost of a return air ticket, board and lodge at KNUST, tuition fees, registration fees and medical insurance.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates with the requisite qualifications (see Entry requirements) are invited to submit their applications online on the website of the University, www.knust.edu.gh.

International students should start their applications by going to: https://apps.knust.edu.gh/admissions/ and click on Generate Logins and follow the instructions.

Deadline for the submission of applications is 15 December, 2017.

Digital income growth accelerates to 51% as CISAC member author societies drive efficiencies worldwide

Paris, France, 15 November 2017 Global royalty collections for creators have hit a new record high of €9.2 billion (US$10.1 billion) annually, up 6% on the previous year according to new figures published by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) today.

In the music sector, songwriters, music composers and publishers saw collections grow by 6.8% to €8.0 billion (US$8.9 billion), helped by a 52% increase in digital revenues. Collections for audiovisual and literature works also increased, while there were small declines in collections for visual arts and drama.

Revenues from digital uses of all repertoires have nearly tripled since 2012, and grew 51.4% in 2016 to just under €1 billion, the sharpest growth rate in the last five years. These are largely driven by streaming subscription services. At €948 million (US$1,045 million) digital still accounts for only 10.4% of global income, however, with revenues held back in particular by poor returns from UGC video streaming platforms.

TV and radio broadcast take the largest collections share with 42.8% of global income, followed by live and background uses. In the music sector in Europe, live and background collections have overtaken TV and radio for the first time, reflecting the health of the live business and pressure on rates from broadcasters.

The numbers are released today in the CISAC Global Collections Report, collating and analysing 2016 data received from member authors societies in 123 territories.

Introducing the 2017 Report, CISAC Director General Gadi Oron says: “This year’s report shows the system of collective management of creators’ rights is robust, successful and ready for more growth. The big traditional revenue streams, led by broadcast and live performance, remain stable and strong. Digital royalties continue to surge and in some markets already overtake other forms of income. The figures we’re releasing today reflect our societies’ relentless effort to be more efficient and innovative, and drive income growth.” 

Jean-Michel Jarre, CISAC President and electronic music pioneer, writes: “This is a vast sector of cultural and economic activity, worth an amazing nine billion euros worldwide. Despite its growth, however, collections are nowhere near the level they should be. Large industries that use creative content are driving down the value of our works. A simple illustration of this is the “transfer of value” in the digital market where platforms such as YouTube are paying mere crumbs to authors. There is no greater priority that we ask from governments today than a solution to the transfer of value.”

CISAC’s global network of 239 societies licences content and collects royalties on behalf of 4 million creators for the use of works on TV, radio, background, live, digital, private copying and other uses.

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About CISAC

CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – is the world’s leading network of authors’ societies (also referred to as Collective Management Organisations, or CMOs).

With 239 member societies in 121 countries, CISAC represents over four million creators from all geographic regions and artistic repertoires including music, audiovisual, drama, literature and visual arts. CISAC is presided over by electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre and the organisation’s vice-presidents are: Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, Argentinean film director Marcelo Piñeyro, Spanish visual artist Miquel Barceló and Chinese film director, scriptwriter and producer Jia Zhang-ke.

CISAC protects the rights and represents the interests of creators worldwide. Founded in 1926, it is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation with headquarters in France and regional officesin Africa (Burkina Faso), Latin America (Chile), Asia-Pacific (China) and Europe (Hungary).

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