São Tomé, April 25 and 26, 2017
The National IP Office of São Tomé and Príncipe (SENAPI) organized a seminar to assess the level of implementation of the National Plan for the development of IP 2013 – 2018. The seminar was attended by stakeholders in the IP arena, namely: government institutions, private sector, patent agents and trademark attorneys, academic community, creative industries and artists in general.
The opening ceremony was presided over by the Minister of Finance, Trade and Blue Economy, Honourable Américo Ramos who stressed the importance of IP in the implementation of the government vision encapsulated in the Agenda of Transformation of São Tomé and Príncipe.
The Director General of ARIPO, Mr. Fernando dos Santos pledged support to the Government of São Tomé and Príncipe through SENAPI for better use of IP to promote social, economic and technological development and the realization of the noble objectives of the Agenda of Transformation of São Tomé and Príncipe. The Director General informed the audience that since the accession of the country to the Harare Protocol on Patents, Utility Models and Industrial Designs and the Banjul Protocol on Marks in 2014, users worldwide filed through the ARIPO system 369 patents, 159 industrial designs, 110 marks and 6 utility models designating São Tomé and Príncipe.
The half-way assessment of the National Plan for the development of IP 2013 – 2018 concluded that the country is in the right path in the development of their IP system and there is a call for more collaboration between the stakeholders.