At the invitation of the Commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People’s Republic of China, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) Officials lead by Mr Fernando Dos Santos, Director General, and Heads of IP Offices in ARIPO Member States, are attending the “China-Africa High-Level Seminar on Intellectual Property System and Policies” that is taking place in Guangdong, China from 23 to 29 July, 2017. The Seminar is organised by SIPO in collaboration with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
The main objective of the Seminar is to promote the exchange and cooperation on Intellectual Property between China and Africa. The seminar is also an opportunity for exchange of experiences and views on the IP system and policies. Participants to the Seminar are also exposed to practical application of Intellectual Property in various sectors including the Intellectual Property management and utilization by Chinese Companies (a visit at Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. Headquarters in Schenzen), the Industrial Designs Protection by an Industrial Design Profession Association, Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge Protection among others.
It is also important to note that the Seminar was organized within the scope of the Memorandum of Understanding signed earlier between ARIPO and SIPO especially on the aspect of exchange of experiences between the two Organizations.
On the margin of the Seminar, the Director General of ARIPO and the Commissioner of SIPO will hold a bilateral meeting to explore further areas of cooperation.
Also in attendance are other Heads of IP Offices in some other African Countries (Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco and South Africa).