Ms Janet Tomkow, an Attorney from Hahn & Hahn Inc based in South Africa, visited the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) on 27 September, 2017 to familiarise herself with the office practices on Intellectual Property mandates.
She met with ARIPO's IP Operations Executive, Mr John Kabare, and the Head of Formality Examination, Mr Charles Pundo. The meeting focused on the process and requirements of restoring lapsed patents, the fees applicable as well as the processing of assignments at ARIPO and Designated State level.
Hahn & Hahn Inc is a boutique firm of Intellectual Property practitioners specializing in obtaining and protecting Patent, Design and Trademark rights in South Africa and the entire African Continent.
Since South Africa is not an ARIPO Member State, Hahn & Hahn Inc file their applications through a third party, B.W. Kahari, based in Harare, Zimbabwe. Under the ARIPO system, South Africa has the status of a potential member state.
Officials from B.W. KAHARI namely Mrs Brenda Kahari, Mr Tanaka Kunaka and Ms Mariata Sithole accompanied Ms Tomkow during the visit.