AfrIPI– OVERALL AND ANNUAL WORK PLAN

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

   

2020

2021

No.

Description

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

1

AfrIPI Launch Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

2

Training on IP to Technical Working group AfCFTA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

Regional workshop on the Arusha protocol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

Regional workshop on Accession to the Banjul Protocol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

GAP analysis on international agreements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Support the development of national framework for copyrights in Equatorial Guinea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

Legal and Technical Support to African Union Commission on IP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

11

Webinar on Licensing Mechanisms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

Consultative roundtable on Enforcement of IPR for North African countries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

Development of OAPI Trade mark and Designs examination guidelines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Development of common guidelines for ARIPO member states

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

Workshop on international frameworks (the Hague) for examiners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

Patent examination training programme (ARIPO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

Patent examination training programme (OAPI)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

Support to the reform of the Angolan IP Legislation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

23

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

Support to IP Academies network [1] [2]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

Create an African SMEs Learning tool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Component IV: Support to AU Continental strategy for GIs

27

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

Creation of African Geographical Indications manual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

   

2022

No.

Activities

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Component I – Promote International Agreements in the Area of IPR and AfCFTA Negotiations

1

Regional workshop on accession to the Banjul Protocol

                       

2

Support for the development of a national framework for copyrights in Equatorial Guinea voluntary registration of copyrights and related rights

                       

3

Legal and technical assistance to the AfCFTA Secretariat for the Phase II negotiations on IPR

                       

4

Legal and technical assistance to the RECs for the Phase II negotiations on IPR

                       

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

5

Support for the setup of Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)

                       

6

Consultative roundtable on counterfeiting in Nigeria

                       

7

Consultative Roundtable on Enforcement of IPR for North African Countries

                       

8

Development of patent examination guidelines for OAPI

                       

9

Support to the ARIPO Patent Examination Training (ARPET)

                       

10

Patent examination training programme (OAPI)

                       

11

Training on IPR examination practices

                       

12

Study and mentorship visits

                       

13

Judges’ colloquium on enforcement

                       

14

Support for the Creation of an Association of Judges for OAPI Member States

                       

15

Integration and implementation of IP tools

                       

16

Support for the digitalisation of Nigeria IP Office: ‘capture and store’ of trade marks paper files

                       

17

Technical support on the reference collections for the accredited research and examination centres on plant varieties in OAPI countries

                       

18

Regional Conference for OAPI MS on the Status of the Protection and Use of African Medicinal Inventions

                       

19

Trademark and industrial designs guidelines of Egyptian TIDO: Revision and technical working group participation

                       

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

20

Africa IP SME Helpdesk

                       

21

Support for the establishment of university-private sector innovation platforms for OAPI countries

                       

22

Expert support for the OAPI Master’s training programme

                       

23

Expert support for the ARIPO Master’s training programme

                       

24

IP awareness sessions of patents and innovation for ARIPO countries

                       

25

ARIPO IP Awareness Campaign

                       

26

Promotional workshop on designs and utility models for ARIPO

                       

27

EU-AU business forum

                       

28

World IP day in cooperation with WIPO

                       

Component IV – Support to AU Continental strategy for GIs

29

Technical support for the development of the legal framework for GIs in OAPI countries

                       

30

Technical support for the development of the legal framework for GIs in ARIPO countries

                       

31

Technical support for the development of the legal framework for GIs in other countries

                       

32

Support the registration at national level of GIs for OAPI countries

                       

33

Support the registration at national level for one pilot in Egypt

                       

34

Support the registration at EU level of GIs for Kilichi du Niger

                       

35

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

                       

36

GI awareness

                       

37

Support to the screening of GIs in Tchad

                       
11 - 15 Jul
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Support for the ARIPO Patent Examination Training

Under the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) Patent Examination Training programme (APERT), AfrIPI, ARIPO and the European Patent Office (EPO) have partnered together to train patent examiners of the
07 - 13 Jul
Alicante, Spain

Study and mentorship visits

In line with international and European best practices and in support of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, AfrIPI aims to create, protect, utilise, administer and enforce intellectual property rights across Africa.
01 - 31 Jul - Dec

Judges Colloquium on Enforcement

AfrIPI created a pan-African case-law database on intellectual property rights (IPRs) in the first Annual Work Plan (AWP) in 2021. This year, the second AWP will focus on maintaining the tool and continuously uploading new case-law for different IPRs.
21 - 22 Jun
Harare, Zimbabwe

Integration and Implementation of IP Tools

In the last decade, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has worked very closely with the European Union’s Member States IP offices to develop IT tools that help the offices work more efficiently and make IP information freely available to the public
01 - 31 Jun - Aug

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 African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) or the Intellectual Property office of a Member State.
18 - 20 May
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Legal and technical assistance to the RECs for the Phase II negotiations on IPR

On 18-20 April 2022, a sub-regional workshop of the Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), together with the ‘Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in Africa’ project (AfrIPI), was held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Cong
01 - 31 Apr - Oct

Expert Support for the ARIPO Master’s Training Programme

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization, are delivering a comprehensive Intellectual Property (IP) Master’s Programme in English to three universities in Africa: the Africa Unive
14 - 18 Feb
Online

AfrIPI engages at the 7th edition of the EU-Africa Business Forum

The EU-Africa Business Forum 2022 (EABF22) took place from 14 to 18 February. This important event allows public-private dialogue between the EU and Africa at continental level. It aims to increase opportunities for sustainable economic cooperation.
01 - 31 Jan - Mar

GI awareness

A geographical indication (GI) is a distinctive sign used to identify a product whose quality, reputation or other characteristics are related to its geographical origin.
01 - 31 Jan - Oct
Abuja, Nigeria

Technical support for the development of the legal framework for GIs in other countries

On 17 and 18 February 2022 the National Conference on Creating Legal and Institutional Framework for Geographical Indications in Nigeria will be held. It will be hosted by the European Union, together with the Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in Africa project, the Nigerian Trade Mark Registry under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, and the Africa International Trade & Commerce Research organisation.
01 - 31 Jan - Dec

Africa IP SME Helpdesk

The Africa IP SME Helpdesk supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs') from the European Union (EU) to both protect and enforce their Intellectual Property (
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
Online

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
Abidjan

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
Online

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
Abuja

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
Online

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
Online

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
Online

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
Online

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
Mozambique

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
Online

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

The international development community has set a clear goal of reaching universal health coverage by 2030 while leaving no one behind.
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.
01 - 31 Sep - Dec

AfrIPI feeding the GI Hub

Free access to information ensures transparency and promotes participation in public debate.