The users of the ARIPO system can designate Cape Verde in their applications as from 14 October 2022.
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is an inter-governmental organization (IGO) that facilitates cooperation among Member States in intellectual property matters.
The Republic of Cape Verde is the 20th contracting State of the Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs and the 13th contracting State of the Banjul Protocol on Marks.
Furthermore, Cape Verde nationals and residents are entitled to file patent, industrial designs, utility models and mark applications directly with the ARIPO Office.
The other ARIPO Member States that are Contracting Parties to the Harare Protocol are: Botswana, Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Kingdom of Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. As for the Banjul Protocol, the other Contracting States are: Botswana, Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), The Gambia, Kingdom of Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
The Republic of Cape Verde also deposited its instrument of accession to two other Protocols in the framework of ARIPO: the Swakopmund Protocol on the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Expression of Folklore and the Arusha Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants.
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