n Without Prejudice - ARIPO Board of Appeal issues first patent decision : intellectual property

Volume 7, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



ARIPO (African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation) is a regional patent filing system in Africa. It is similar to the regional patent filing system in Europe in that a patent is applied for centrally at the ARIPO office, which is situated in Zimbabwe. The ARIPO office then examines and grants the patent, which automatically extends to all the member countries that have been selected and designated by the patentee. The patent is then subject to the respective national laws of each country.

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