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Okt 08, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 16/20)
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IP Cooperation Plan in Africa by AfrIPI Endorsed


On September 7, 2020, AfrIPI held its inaugural Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting.

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI), the African Union Commission (AUC), the European Commission and the EUIPO discussed and approved the AfrIPI overall plan and future activities for next years in Africa.

Among other activities, AfrIPI will:
- support the registration of geographical indications (GIs) in Africa and the EU,
- develop IP guidelines for OAPI and ARIPO member states, and
- train IP examiners on international frameworks (such as The Hague Agreement).

AfrIPI, funded by the European Commission and EUIPO, and managed by EUIPO, aims to strengthen national and regional IP institutions and enforcement systems, while promoting IP benefits to businesses and other economic actors. AfrIPI became fully operational in February 2020. For four years, it will support the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and boost continental economic integration.

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Source: www.euipo.europa.eu