14 October 2021PatentsMarisol Cardoso

Patents in Africa: ARIPO vs contracting states' laws

In Africa, inventions can be protected by patents through a direct filing in the country of interest using the Paris Convention or through a sole filing in a regional office. With regard to the regional offices, the applicant can choose among the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI), the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), or both, since the OAPI and ARIPO cover different African countries.

Already registered?

Login to your account

To request a FREE 2-week trial subscription, please signup.
NOTE - this can take up to 48hrs to be approved.

Two Weeks Free Trial

For multi-user price options, or to check if your company has an existing subscription that we can add you to for FREE, please email Adrian Tapping at

More on this story

1 October 2019   A proposed increase of patents and designs fees in South Africa has been suspended, the country’s IP office has informed lawyers.
8 September 2020   AfrIPI—the first-ever African cooperation project focusing on IP rights—has discussed and approved its overall plan and future activities, which includes its support of the registration of geographical indications in Africa and the EU.