The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) has with effect from 31 October 2016 made its published industrial design data available on the Designview search tool.
Designview is the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) administered tool which provides a centralized access point to view the registered design information held by a number of participating offices, including ARIPO.
With ARIPO on board, Designview now contains data from 52 offices providing information and access to more than 10.1 million designs in total.
Since the introduction of Designview on 19 November, 2012, the tool has received more than 2.1 million searches from 146 different countries, with Germany, Spain and the UK among the most frequent users.
The integration of ARIPO is a concrete result of the EUIPO’s international cooperation framework in collaboration with its international partners. ARIPO embarked on this project in order to support the availability of IP information to the public the world over.
The ARIPO designs on Designview may be accessed on www.tmdn.org.