NORCODE African Regional Training Program on Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights November 20 to 30, 2017 in Dar-es-Salaam, TANZANIA.

The Training Program organized by the Norwegian Copyright Development Association (NORCODE), in cooperation with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO Academy), with the assistance from the following international, non-governmental organizations:   

  • International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO)   
  • The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) (tbc)   
  • International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) (tbc)   
  • The Societies’ Council for the Collective Management of Performers’ Rights (SCAPR) (tbc)

Supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway, and the University of Agder, Norway.

The programme is primarily tailored for persons in a leading position in a collective management organization (CMO). It is equally well suited for government representatives who, as policy makers want to enhance knowledge on how the copyright system functions in practice.

Click here for more information on the program and to download an application form.

The Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association (HIDA) has changed its name to the Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS) starting 1 July 2017 as part of its new branding.

According to AOTS President, Mr Shinya Kuwayama, “It is encouraging to see that the global network of HIDA-AOTS has once again gained a favorable reputation not only in Japan but also abroad. The abbreviation “AOTS” has international name recognition, which has been built and maintained for half a century, dating back to the days of its establishment.”

“We have decided to change our English name to one that projects an easy to understand image of ourselves, while reflecting our past and future and helping us to leverage the fame of “AOTS”, he adds.

The President also says that AOTS will promote various initiatives by maintaining and developing their global network, the value of which is second to none; and remain engaged in their mission of “Global Human Connectivity,” a phrase embodying the promotion of the unification of the world.

The Director General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) welcomed the change of name saying the rebranding will go a long way in repositioning AOTS in meeting its noble objectives.

ARIPO also recently rebranded which reenergized the Organization and better projected its image for its partners and general public.

AOTS will continue using its English name abbreviation “HIDA” for some time while the Japanese name of AOTS remains the same as before. 

Harare 09 June 2017 - The African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) will hold the 6th Session of the Working Group on the Improvement of the ARIPO Protocols Relating to Industrial Property from 12 to 13 June 2017 at the ARIPO Headquarters, 11 Natal Road in Harare, Zimbabwe.
The Working Group will among other issues discuss amendments to the Banjul Protocol, Harare Protocol and the Swakopmund Protocol. The amendments to the Protocols are to ensure improvement on their use as well as harmonise the Protocols with international treaties. 
The Working Group is comprised of the member states, ARIPO Secretariat and users of the Protocols such as Patent Agents, Attorneys and organisations involved in Intellectual Property from the 19 ARIPO member states. 
The ARIPO member states party to the Lusaka Agreement include: Botswana, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Working Group will provide users with a chance to give their views and participate in the amendments to the Protocols. ARIPO also provides amendments drawn from ongoing research on IP laws and interaction at the international level on IP matters. This ensures the Protocols conform to the international standards.  
At the conclusion of the meeting, recommendations agreed on will be submitted to the Technical Committee on Industrial Property which will consider the agreed proposals and recommend them to the ARIPO Administrative Council for its consideration and approval. 
The Harare Protocol
The Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs within the framework of ARIPO was adopted on December 10, 1982.  The Protocol empowers the Organization to grant patents and to register utility models and industrial designs and to administer such patents, utility models and industrial designs on behalf of contracting states in accordance with the provisions of the Protocol through its Secretariat (the ARIPO Office).
The amendments to the Harare Protocol and its Implementing Regulations have been undertaken to address specific issues affecting the filing and processing of applications, grant, and administration of industrial property titles processed by the ARIPO Office. 
The Harare Protocol Contracting States include; Botswana, São Tomé and Príncipe , The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Banjul Protocol
The Banjul Protocol on Marks, adopted by the ARIPO Administrative Council in 1993, establishes a trademark application filing and registration system along the lines of the Harare Protocol. 
Under the Banjul Protocol, an applicant may file a single application either at one of the Banjul Protocol Contracting States or directly with the ARIPO Office. The applicant should designate Banjul Protocol Contracting States in which the applicant wishes the mark to be protected once the ARIPO Office has registered it.
States currently party to the Banjul Protocol are: Botswana, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe
The Swakopmund Protocol
The Swakopmund Protocol on the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Expressions of Folklore was adopted by a diplomatic conference held in Swakopmund, Namibia on August 9, 2010. 
The purpose of this Protocol is to protect traditional knowledge holders against any infringement of their rights as recognized by this Protocol and to protect expressions of folklore against misappropriation, misuse and unlawful exploitation beyond their traditional context. Through the Protocol, ARIPO has introduced a regional framework for the protection of traditional knowledge and expressions of folklore. 
ARIPO Member States party to the protocol are; Botswana, The Gambia, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) is an Inter-governmental organization (IGO). It was created under the Lusaka Agreement that was concluded and signed in Lusaka, Zambia on December 9 1976.  Membership of the Organization is open to all African States members of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) or the African Union (AU).
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For further information contact: 
Susan Mwiti
Documentations and Communications Officer, ARIPO
Tel: +263 4 794 065/6 or 782 300 903: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 






8th May 2017 – IFPI, representing the recording industry worldwide, and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO), have signed a landmark agreement that will enhance the rights of African artists and their music.

The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two organisations will further strengthen the copyright law framework and licensing of sound recording rights across the African continent.  This will support African artists and record companies with their rights to be fairly rewarded for the music they are creating and contribute to the evolution of the African music market.

The commitment made between the two parties also foresees further cooperation in areas from capacity building to the development of joint events.

Commenting on the agreement, Frances Moore, chief executive IFPI, said: “The new digital environment opens unprecedented opportunities for African artists and record companies to bring their music to a worldwide audience, provided the copyright laws and the licensing infrastructure is there to support it. 

“IFPI and our member companies look forward to cooperating with ARIPO to enable African artists and record companies to achieve their potential and to fully benefit from the fruits of their creativity and investment.”

Sean Watson, Managing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Africa, Chairperson of the Recording Industry of South Africa and the South African Music Performance Rights Association said on the development: “If we all work together to create a safe environment for copyright owners and artists to make their music available for fans then everybody wins. This is an important step in that direction.”

The Director General of ARIPO, Mr Fernando dos Santos had this to add, “We are excited to seal this strategic partnership with IFPI. Our greatest hope is to see Collective Management Organization’s become more pro-active in collecting and distributing royalties amongst the right holders’ whose works have been used and to see users of copyrighted works willingness to pay for the usage. ARIPO with its partners will endeavour to do all it can within its means to best further the cause of capacity building in Africa thereby contributing to the benefits and protection provided for within the African music market.

ARIPO is an Intergovernmental Organization established to promote the use of Intellectual Property for the development in its Member States. 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). Currently ARIPO counts 19 Member States from the East, South and Western Africa and looks forward to other African countries to be its Member States.

IFPI promotes the interests of the international recording industry worldwide. Its membership comprises some 1,300 major and independent companies in 58 countries. It also has affiliated industry national groups in 57 countries. IFPI’s mission is to promote the value of recorded music, campaign for the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music in all markets where its members operate.

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For further information please contact John Blewett (Tel.  +44 (0)20 7878 7939 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Consultancy to undertake a Comparative Study of Industrial Property Laws in ARIPO Member States

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is an Intergovernmental Organization. It was established by the Lusaka Agreement which was adopted by the Diplomatic Conference held in Lusaka on December 9, 1976. Presently, the Organization has nineteen member States, namely: 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.

The Organization was established to promote, harmonize and develop intellectual property laws and policies and to ensure that it contributes to the social, economic and technological development of its Member States and Africa as a whole.

In its quest to achieve the objective of harmonizing the laws of its Member States, ARIPO therefore seeks to engage the services of a Consultant (this can be a company or individual) to undertake a comparative study of Industrial Property Laws of Member States and make recommendations for harmonization.

The Consultant should have at least a Bachelor Degree in Law, with at least five years’ experience in research, analytical and drafting skills and have undertaken similar studies in Intellectual Property laws and legal frameworks. A Postgraduate degree in Intellectual Property is an added advantage.

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.

Deadline: Submissions of proposals must be received on or before Wednesday May 31, 2017 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



The applications shall be submitted by Courier or hand delivered to the above mentioned address or by Email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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