Monday 7 January 2013


African countries and their IP offices in 2011/2012: A recap

The Afro-IP team welcomes you to 2013. We hope you had a fulfilling and well-deserved rest over Christmas.

In June 2011, this blog set out to investigate the online presence of the intellectual property offices in 54 countries of the African continent. This initiative is now in its second year running - as an annual review - and we have already seen consistency and improvement as well as disappointment. For this Leo, the whole experience has been exciting as well as educative: I have come to fully appreciate the diverse (social, political, economic, legal and so on) nature of this continent.

Hopefully in this year, we shall hear of more groundbreaking developments and/or cases on IP and allied matters and expect further participation from the wider IP community within and beyond the continent. Also worth looking forward to is the bright economic outlook of the African economies. 

Without further ado and with the help of the excellent Wikipedia, a recap of the A-Z series for 2011/12:

No.          Country (official name)

1. Algeria (People's Democratic Republic of Algeria)

2. Angola (Republic of Angola)

3. Benin (Republic of Benin)

4. Botswana (Republic of Botswana)

5. Burkina Faso (Burkina Faso)

6. Burundi (Republic of Burundi)

7. Cameroon (Republic of Cameroon)

8. Cape Verde (Republic of Cape Verde)

9. Central African Republic (Central African Republic)

10. Chad (Republic of Chad)

11. Comoros (Union of the Comoros)

12. Democratic Republic of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

13. Republic of the Congo (Republic of the Congo)

14. Côte d'Ivoire (Republic of Côte d'Ivoire)

15. Djibouti (Republic of Djibouti)

16. Egypt (Arab Republic of Egypt)

17. Equatorial Guinea (Republic of Equatorial Guinea)

18. Eritrea (State of Eritrea)

19. Ethiopia (Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia)

20. Gabon (Gabonese Republic)

21. Gambia (Republic of The Gambia)

22. Ghana (Republic of Ghana)

23. Guinea (Republic of Guinea)

24. Guinea-Bissau (Republic of Guinea-Bissau)

25. Kenya (Republic of Kenya)

26. Lesotho (Kingdom of Lesotho)

27. Liberia (Republic of Liberia)

28. Libya (Republic of Libya)

29. Madagascar (Republic of Madagascar)

30. Malawi (Republic of Malawi)

31. Mali (Republic of Mali)

32. Mauritania (Islamic Republic of Mauritania)

33. Mauritius (Republic of Mauritius)

34. Morocco (Kingdom of Morocco)

35. Mozambique (Republic of Mozambique)

36. Namibia (Republic of Namibia)

37. Niger (Republic of Niger)

38. Nigeria (Federal Republic of Nigeria)

39. Rwanda (Republic of Rwanda)

40. São Tomé and Príncipe (Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe)

41. Senegal (Republic of Senegal)

42. Seychelles (Republic of Seychelles)

43. Sierra Leone (Republic of Sierra Leone)

44. Somalia (Somali Republic)

45. South Africa (Republic of South Africa)

46. South Sudan (Republic of South Sudan)

47. Sudan (Republic of the Sudan)

48. Swaziland (Kingdom of Swaziland)

49. Tanzania (United Republic of Tanzania)

50. Togo (Togolese Republic)

51. Tunisia (Tunisian Republic)

52. Uganda (Republic of Uganda)

53. Zambia (Republic of Zambia)

54. Zimbabwe (Republic of Zimbabwe)



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