PCT

Patent Cooperation Treaty International Patent Law Treaty The Patent Cooperation Treaty or PCT is an international patent law treaty. The PCT provides a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect inventions in each of its contracting states. A patent...

Paris Convention

Paris Convention The Protection of Industrial Property The Paris Convention applies to industrial property in the widest sense, including patents, marks, industrial designs, utility models, trade names, geographical indications and the repression of unfair...

Madrid Protocol

Madrid Protocol International Registration of Marks The Madrid system for the international registration of marks established in 1891 functions under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol. The Madrid Protocol is administered by the International Bureau of WIPO...

Berne Convention

Berne Convention Protection of Literary and Artistic Works The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is an international agreement governing copyright accepted in Switzerland in 1886. The Berne Convention requires its signatories to...

Nice Agreement

Nice Agreement International Classification of Goods and Services The Nice Agreement establishes a classification of goods and services for the purposes of registering trademarks and service marks. The Nice Classification consists of a list of 34 classes for goods and...

Hague Agreement

Hague Agreement International Registration of Industrial Designs  The Hague Agreement governs the international registration of Industrial Designs – the Hague System allows industrial designs to be protected in multiple countries with minimal formalities. The...

Locarno Agreement

Locarno Agreement International Classification for Industrial Designs The Locarno Agreement establishes a classification for industrial designs, from which the contracting states must indicate the classes and subclasses to which designs belong. This must also be done...

ARIPO Regional IP Database Launched

ARIPO Regional IP Database Launched The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is an inter-governmental organization which provides a regional industrial property system for English-speaking African countries. Last month, on 10 September 2018,...

Morocco to host 2019 Africa Games

Morocco to host 2019 All-Africa Games Wednesday, 25 July 2018 The Moroccan Youth and Sports Ministry announced on Monday that Morocco will be hosting the 2019 Africa Games (AAG), formally known as the All-Africa Games or the Pan African Games.  Equatorial Guinea was...