Thursday, 15 January 2015

IP policies in Africa no.49: Tanzania

At the end of 2014, WIPO reported that it is was in consultation with Tanzania in relation to the formulation of its IP Strategy and IP Policy.[1]  Since Tanzania has a dual national IP system that caters for the Mainland and Zanzibar separately, it is likely that the IP policy will be bifurcated. Indeed, the Business Registrations and Licensing Agency (BRELA) that administers IP for the mainland has published an action plan for harnessing the IP potential of Tanzania (here) that states that two IP policies will be developed. Tanzania was one of the six countries in which WIPO piloted the Development Agenda Project DA_10_05  entitled ‘Improvement of National, Sub-Regional and Regional IP Institutional and User Capacity’. The outcome of this project is the Methodology for the Development of National Intellectual Property Strategies Toolkit which was published in 2014 and consists of the following four tools (available here)
source License: CC0 Public Domain
Tool 1 - The Process 
Tool 2 - Baseline Questionnaire 
Tool 3 - Benchmarking Indicators 
Tool 4 - National IP Strategies (NIPS) Online Survey

[1] WIPO Committee on Development and IP (CDIP) Revised Report on the Measurement of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) in other United Nations Agencies and Specialised Agencies , and on the Contribution to WIPO to the Implementation of the MDGs (November, 2014) CDIP/14/12 Rev. Annex II, 8. 
See Tanzania's IP laws on WIPOLex here

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