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Okt 20, 2021 (Newsletter Issue 15/21)
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Pan-African IP Project Launched

On August 26, 2021, the Africa Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation Project (AfrIPI) was officially launched. It is a five-year EU-funded international cooperation project that aims to create, protect, and promote intellectual property rights in Africa.

The project involves collaboration with African governments, regional intellectual property organisations, civil society, academia, and the private sector, and carries out cooperation activities in the field of intellectual property. Furthermore, it involves the development of examination guidelines for trademarks and designs in OAPI, and of common guidelines on trademarks for ARIPO Member States. It has also raised awareness on plant variety protection (Arusha protocol), a centralised registration procedure for trademarks (Banjul Protocol), and IP rights favouring small and medium enterprises.

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