ARIPO Working Group meeting on the amendment of the Banjul protocol
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) was established under the Lusaka Agreement of 1976. Its objective was to provide centralised registration of patents and industrial designs and to promote harmonisation of intellectual property legislation. Trade mark registration was not catered for until the Banjul Trade Marks Protocol came into effect in 1997.
The Banjul Protocol created a centralised trade mark registration system and empowers ARIPO to register marks and service marks on behalf of the member countries.
The Banjul Protocol Working Group met at the ARIPO headquarters (Harare, Zimbabwe) on 19 August 2014 to consider further improvements to the Banjul Protocol. The meetings were attended by ARIPO, WIPO, officials from member countries and ARIPO IP practitioners.
During the meetings various working documents, proposals and amendments were discussed, including:
- Amendment of the Banjul Protocol - Multi-class versus single class systems
- Amendment of the Banjul Protocol to include the individual fee structure based on the Madrid System
- Amendment of the Harare Protocol on possible accession to the Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs
- Update on the status of the KOICA/WIPO/ZIPO/ARIPO project on the upgrade of the ARIPO ICT infrastructure
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