African Regional Intellectual Property Organization
ARIPO promotes the development of intellectual property laws, and matters related thereto, appropriate to the needs of its members and of ARIPO as a whole.

ARIPO contracting states include:
Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone , Somalia , Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

A registered design is additional to any design right or copyright protection that may exist automatically in the design. ARIPO is a member of the International Convention.

ARIPO requires the applicant to choose the specific member states where protection is required.
(Unlike OAPI where a single application automatically covers all member states)


The application for a design must be filed directly at the ARIPO Office in Harare, Zimbabwe, via the Industrial Property Office of the contracting state.

Application Requirements
Power of Attorney
6 sets of formal drawings
Certified priority document with sworn and verified English / French translation. The translation of the priority document must be accompanied by a signed declaration of the official translator which also carries a stamp or a seal.
An applicant must state the contracting states in whose territory protection is sought.

Design Requirements
New and original

Designs that cannot be registered:
Designs that are concerned only with how a product works, or
for parts of complex products that are not visible in normal use, or
contrary to law or morality.

Design Requirements
Aesthetic, functional, industrial, graphic or product design, or patterns.

Design Classifications
Locarno Classification

Design Protection Duration
25 years from the date of the application

Design Renewals
Every year from the date of the last application

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