AfrIPI has four main objectives:

  1. Promotion of Intellectual Property international agreements for a reinforced cooperation between EU and Africa;
  2. Strengthening of national and regional Intellectual Property institutions, networks, and tools, to increase a user- friendly and efficient protected IP system;
  3. Raising awareness of Intellectual Property Rights (including Geographical Indications) in the African society for Small and Medium- sized Enterprises (SMEs);
  4. Implementation of the work plan activities linked to the African Union (AU) Continental Strategy for Geographical Indications.

To achieve these results, the overall work plan sets a multiannual framework in terms of thematic and geographic priorities, complemented by plans to be developed each year containing detailed activities.

As a Pan-African Action targeting many countries and sub-regions, a geographical balance for activity implementation is sought. Activities are identified each year in close coordination with stakeholders, particularly AU Member States, ARIPO, OAPI, National IP Offices, the private sector and other organisations such as the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) and the African Union Commission (AUC).

AfrIPI Activity Clusters and Key Activities























AfrIPI Launch Event

















Component I: Promote international agreements in the area of IPR & AfCFTA negotiations


Training on IP to Technical Working group AfCFTA


















Conference on Geographical Indications for Policy Makers for ARIPO Countries and Panel on Legal Framework


















Support to the Kampala diplomatic conference on Voluntary Registration of Copyrights and Related Rights


















Regional workshop on the Arusha protocol


















Regional workshop on Accession to the Banjul Protocol


















GAP analysis on international agreements


















Support the development of national framework for copyrights in Equatorial Guinea


















Awareness-raising on the advantages of International Systems on IP [1] [2]


















Legal and Technical Support to African Union Commission on IP

















Component II: Strengthen national & regional IP institutions, networks, and tools


Webinar on Licensing Mechanisms


















Consultative roundtable on Enforcement of IPR for North African countries


















Workshop to exchange best practices and identify actions on Counterfeiting and Piracy in specific industry sectors (pharmaceuticals)


















Development of OAPI Trade mark and Designs examination guidelines


















Development of common guidelines for ARIPO member states


















Trademark and Industrial Designs Guidelines: Revision and Technical Working Group Participation (Egypt Twinning Project) [1] [2] [3] 


















Workshop on international frameworks (the Hague) for examiners


















Patent examination training programme (ARIPO)


















Patent examination training programme (OAPI)


















Support to the reform of the Angolan IP Legislation


















Judges colloquium on enforcement – initiating the creation of a virtually accessible caselaw database


















Integration and implementation of IP Tools [1] [2]

















Component III: Strengthen the capacities of MSMEs / productive sector on IP


Support to the design and delivery of online trainings at ARIPO Master programme on IP


















Support to IP Academies network [1] [2]


















Expert support to the OAPI online Master's training programme on IP


















Create an African SMEs Learning tool

















Component IV: Support to AU Continental strategy for GIs


Technical support to the development of the legal framework for GIs [1] [2]


















Support the registration at national and/or EU level of African GIs [1] [2] [3] [4]


















Update and extend the GI Hub via updated/ additional content and enhanced technical functionalities


















Creation of African Geographical Indications manual

















17 - 18 Feb

Nigeria Geographical Indication Legal Framework Conference on the legal framework – creating enabling environment

On 17 and 18 February 2022 the European Union, together with the Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in Africa (AfrIPI), the Nigerian Trade Mark Registry under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, and the Africa International Trade & Commerce Research (AITCR) will convene a conference entitled: Nigeria Geographical Indication Legal Framework Conference on the legal framework – creating enabling environment.
10 - 12 Nov
Harare, Zimbabwe

Conference on Geographical Indications for ARIPO countries

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is organising a Regional Conference on Geographical Indications (GIs) in collaboration with AfrIPI (African Intellectual Property and Innovation) from 10 to 12 November 2021  in Harare, Zimbabwe.
09 Nov

Regional Workshop on the Arusha Protocol

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is organising a virtual Regional Workshop on the Arusha Protocol in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation Project (AfrIPI) on 9 November 2021.
01 - 30 Nov

Innovation Day

This activity aims to get together, in OAPI 17 Member States, all innovation actors (academia, businesses, and public research bodies) in order to create long-term exchange platforms and establish common working plans.
20 - 21 Oct

Regional Seminar on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

The AFRIPI project in partnership with the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) is organising a regional seminar on the enforcement of intellectual property rights from 20 to 21 October 2021 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.
18 Oct

Cooperation Liaision Meeting on Africa

On 18 October, the AfrIPI project will be presented at the EUIPO 17th Liaison Meeting on Cooperation. Main topics will include the launch of the first Africa IP SME helpdesk.
11 Oct

Patent Examination Training

In view of the implementation of the substantive examination of patent and utility model applications scheduled for January 2022, the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) plans, among other things, to strengthen the capacities and to tra
01 - 31 Sep - Dec

Create an African SME learning tool

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are important drivers of growth in economies across Sub-Saharan Africa, accounting for up to 90 % of all businesses in these markets.
01 - 31 Sep - Oct

Meetings on the TF in Nigeria

The objective is to follow-up on the capacity-building workshop organised by AfriPI in April 2021 (in Abuja) and support the work of National Task Force created at this occasion with a view to suggest a draft law and a plan of action for GIs in Nigeria.
15 Jul

GAP analysis on international agreements

International IPR agreements are key facilitators of international trade in the globalised economy. In many African countries the absence of a consistent and coherent national policy on intellectual property (IP), which is in line with those international IPR agreements, creates issues.
23 Jun
Harare, Zimbabwe

Harmonisation Workshop in ARIPO

AfrIPI is organising a workshop for ARIPO member states on the methodology used to achieve harmonisation in trade mark and design registration practices in Europe in the last decade.
16 - 18 Jun

Nigeria’s Trade Mark examiners workshop

Strengthening national and regional IP offices is one of the four main pillars of the Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in Africa (AfrIPI) Project.
28 Apr

Regional workshop on accession to the Banjul protocol

The Banjul Protocol provides a centralised trade mark registration procedure. Applications for trade mark registrations may be submitted either to the ARIPO Office or to the industrial property office of a member state; and must designate the member state(s) where registration is sought.
01 - 31 Apr - Dec

Awareness raising on the advantages of international systems on IP

In general, in Africa there is a low participation in international agreements in IP. This activity, focused on OAPI member states, will aim to promote accession to all international treaties that the gap analysis will present useful in facilitating international trade for these focus countries.
24 Mar

Support to IP Academies network

The Nigerian and Ethiopian intellectual property offices (IPOs) held an online workshop with the EUIPO Academy on 24 March 2021, to exchange best practices on how to set up their own IP Academies.
01 - 31 Jan - Dec

Legal and technical assistance to AU Commission on IP

The main objective of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is to create a single continental market for goods and services, with the free movement of people and investments, and thus pave the way for accelerating the establishment of the Continental Customs Union and the African Custo
15 Dec

AfrIPI and the African IPOs: creating awareness

The European Intellectual Property Office EUIPO (represented by the AfrIPI PMT) together with the European Commission (DG DEVCO) will organise an online seminar on the EU partnership with Africa on Intellectual Property Rights, in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
23 Nov

Support to GI registration Cabrito de Tete

The AfrIPI project supports the Cabrito de Tete geographical indication (Mozambique). It does so by providing technical and logistical assistance in the commercial testing.
17 - 19 Nov

Patent examination training programme (ARIPO)

Inventors often favour the legal certainty of patents granted by patent systems with substantive examination. Due to a lack of resources and capacity, only a few countries in Africa conduct any form of substantive examination.
01 - 31 Nov - Dec

Training on IP to technical working group AfCFTA

As the AfrIPI project is designed to facilitate the ongoing negotiations (in particular Phase II, dealing with intellectual property rights) and later implementation of the AfCFTA, the project will provide technical assistance to the African Union and its member states in this regard.
01 - 30 Oct - Apr

Webinar on licencing mechanisms

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01 - 31 Sep - Dec

AfrIPI feeding the GI Hub

Free access to information ensures transparency and promotes participation in public debate.
01 - 30 Sep

A new African GI manual coming soon

As stated in the continental GI strategy for Africa, the value of GIs needs to be highlighted through specifically supporting the effective progress of African geographical indications (GIs).
01 - 31 Sep - Dec

Integration and implementation of IP tools

Open access to the IP registers is expected to provide immediate tangible benefits to the users of the IP system in Africa, such as quality, reliability, and access to information.
01 - 31 Sep - Dec

Integration and implementation of IP tools

The activity aims to create awareness on the available IP tools and prepare the countries involved to integrate relevant EUIPN tools into their software. This integration process also includes the sharing of knowledge and experiences as well as technical hands-on sessions.