Reference is made to the Resolutions of the ARIPO Administrative Council at its 40th Session that was held in Harare, Zimbabwe from 5 to 7 December, 2016. The Administrative Council adopted among others the amendments to the Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs as well as its implementing Regulations. The said amendments came into force on 1 January 2017.

In view of that, the ARIPO Office wishes to draw your attention to the following amendments:

(1) Section 3 (3): “The Office shall, on request, undertake, or arrange for, the substantive examination of the patent application.

Rule 18 (1)(a): “For the purposes of the request under Section 3(3) of the Protocol, the applicant may request examination of the patent application up to three years from the date of filing.The request shall be deemed to have been filed when the examination fee has been lodged. Provided that where no request is made, within the prescribed period, the application shall lapse.

As a result of this amendment, in order for the applications filed on/or after 1 January 2017 to be examined as to substance, all applicants are required to request for substantive examination pursuant to Section 3(3) of the Harare Protocol and Rule 18(1)(a) of the Implementing Regulations by submitting Form 13a.

(2) Section 5bis: “An applicant for or proprietor of an ARIPO patent who, in spite of all due care required by the circumstances having been taken, was unable to observe a time limit, shall have his rights re-established upon request if the non-observance of this time limit has the direct consequence of causing the refusal of the ARIPO application or of a request, or the deeming of the application to have been withdrawn, or the loss of any other right or means of redress”.

Therefore, applicant(s) may request in writing for re-establishment of rights for application(s) that would have missed deadlines in accordance with Section 5bis of the Harare Protocol and upon payment of the prescribed fee as per Rule 24 of the Implementing Regulations.

(3) Section 5ter: “At the request of the proprietor, the ARIPO patent or utility model may be limited by an amendment. The request shall be filed with the ARIPO Office in accordance with the Implementing Regulations. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the limitation fee has been paid.”

Resultantly, applicant(s) may request in writing for limitation of rights for their granted patent(s) for all the designated states in accordance with Section 5ter of the Harare Protocol and Rule 21bis of the Implementing Regulations.


Fernando dos Santos


Closing Date:  28 February 2017

Submissions are invited for publication in the African Journal of Intellectual Property (AJIP) Volume 1 Number 2 published by Africa University’s College of Business, Peace, Leadership and Governance (CBPLG) in collaboration with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO).

Submissions are invited for publication in the African Journal of Intellectual Property (AJIP) Volume 1 Number 2 published by Africa University’s College of Business, Peace, Leadership and Governance (CBPLG) in collaboration with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO).

This scholarly journal is a peer-reviewed, bi-annual publication which aims to respond to the growing need for documentation of, and access to research in diverse aspects of intellectual property in Africa. A special feature of the journal is the promotion of African scholarship and research emanating from universities, research institutions, legal practice, administrative bodies, the judiciary and other sectors with a stake in intellectual property policy, administration, enforcement and management. The journal offers an opportunity to publish works which promote a deeper understanding of the importance and role of diverse intellectual property rights in promoting development and growth. It welcomes submissions which explore how intellectual property laws and policies are being used and may be further improved across the continent for the benefit of African populations. While providing a platform to publish research in core intellectual property subjects including patents, copyright, designs, trademarks, traditional knowledge etc, the journal also welcomes submissions on intellectual property - related issues in health, education, food security, the environment etc. In this way, the journal aims to fill the gap in existing academic journals by encouraging interdisciplinary research.

Article submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. However, to be considered for publication in Volume 1 Number 2 issue, full articles must be received on or before the 28th of February, 2017. Publication date for the issue is May/June 2017.

Peer Review Process

All submissions will be peer-reviewed through a double-blind process. Among other things, reviewers will evaluate the originality, relevance, accuracy, rigour and general suitability of the submission for publication in AJIP.  


Manuscript Preparation

The journal welcomes articles, case reviews, statute reviews, book reviews, practitioner pieces, commentaries and other original submissions. Submissions should be original contributions, not previously published and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Assessment for publication will be undertaken using the double-blind peer review system. Prospective authors are advised to not include their names in the main text or as running headers and footers.  There is no absolute upper or lower word limit for submissions. However, as a general guide, it is expected that articles should fall within the range of 2 500 and 4 000 words, while practitioner pieces, statute, case and book reviews as well as comments should be between 1 000 and 3 000 words. Submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, with 1 ½ lines spacing.  An abstract of 150-250 words is required at the point of submission. This should include four or five key words.

Referencing Style

Contributors are to follow the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style in which:

-    in–text citations should state author, date and where appropriate page number; and

-    the reference list, entered alphabetically, must include all the works cited in your article.

Please aim to incorporate footnotes into the text. If notes are unavoidable, they should come at the end of the article (end notes) and must be brief and to the point.


Short quotes of less than three lines (under 40 words) should run on as part of your sentence with “double quotation marks” to signal where the quote starts and ends. The page where the quote comes from must be included. Long quotes known as block quotes or indented quotes (more than 40 words) should:

•    start on a new line

•    be set at 10 point font

•    be indented about 5 spaces from the left hand margin

•    be single spaced

•    not have quotation marks.


UK English spelling is preferred and should conform to the most recent edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.

Manuscript Submission

Submissions should be emailed as attachments in Microsoft Word Format to Mr M. Mtetwa, Managing Editor, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  In a separate file, please provide the name, designation, institutional affiliation, educational background, contact information and other biographical details of the author (s) (about 200-250 words).

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)

2017/2018 ADMISSIONS


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, 2017 to April 30, 2018, structured in three parts, as follows:

• First Part (May 1 to July 21, 2017): WIPO Academy Distance Learning Courses, undertaken via the Internet;

• Second Part (August 1 to December 8, 2017): 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, 2017 to April 30, 2018): 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 (, the WIPO Academy ( and ARIPO (


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.


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.


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.


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 


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


Email scanned copies to 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. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 March 5, 2017. 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 (, the WIPO Academy ( and ARIPO (