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. It also generates efficiency gains for IP administrations and frees resources to expand their services. Consequently, the access to IPR protection becomes more affordable in the medium-term (due to more efficient registration processes, easier and faster access to information), which particularly benefits African creators and innovators.
AfrIPI will support, through this activity, the integration and implementation in those African countries that are, technically speaking, the most advanced. Uganda, Nigeria and Ethiopia, among others, would be the some of the countries to start working with. Awareness sessions on the IP tools will also be organised as part of this activity.