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 in an open and transparent way. These tools are being shared with the ARIPO member states through a workshop on the integration and implementation of IP tools. It will take place on 21 and 22 June 2022 in Harare, Zimbabwe.
IT tools offer immediate tangible benefits to the users of the IP system in Africa, such as, among others, quality and reliability, and access to information. At the same time, these tools generate efficiency gains for IP administrations and frees up resources to expand the IP rights services offered.
The workshop intends to establish a clear roadmap of the tools each office in the ARIPO member states would want to use. The tools that will be presented are TMview, DesignView, TMclass, DesignClass, the Common Examiner Support Tool (CESTO) and the e-filing system (linked with the Harmonised Database of Goods and Services).
This workshop aims to initiate the integration of trade mark and design data from the, technically speaking, more advanced African countries.