Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Darren Olivier

ARIPO grows

The Republic of Liberia has become the latest African country to join ARIPO. They deposited the Instrument of Accession to ARIPO on the 24th of December 2009 and both the Harare and the Banjul Protocols will enter into force with respect to the Republic of Liberia on the 24th of March 2010.

Liberia becomes the 17th member state of ARIPO, the 16th amongst states party to the Harare Protocol (for patents, industrial designs and utility models) and the 9th amongst states party to the Banjul Protocol (for trademarks).

States currently party to the Harare Protocol are:

Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

States currently party to Banjul Protocol are:

Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe

The Republic of Liberia is also party to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

This note which appears on the Aripo website was kindly sent to Afro-IP by Charles Pundo (right) of ARIPO.

Afro Leo would like to know whether Liberia has domesticated the Aripo Protocols.

Darren Olivier

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Craig Kahn
19 January 2010 at 12:19 delete

In reply to Afro Leo's question regarding whether or not Liberia has domesticated the ARIPO Protocols, please note that even though Liberia has joined ARIPO and the new Liberia Industrial Property law provides for ARIPO applications, there is uncertainty as to whether or not the Liberia Industrial Property “Act” 2003 is in legal effect. See link for more information on the Liberia Industrial Property “Act” 2003.


Craig Kahn
Spoor & Fisher