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.
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.
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.
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.
Aesthetic, functional, industrial, graphic or product design, or patterns.
Design Protection Duration
25 years from the date of the application
Every year from the date of the last application
The registered design owner (licensor) grants another party (licensee) permission or authorization to use the registered design. This is an agreement between the two parties and may require the licensee to pay the design owner (licensor) royalties.
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