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DGIP Collaborates with African Regional Intellectual Property Organization in IP Protection

The Director-General of Intellectual Property, Freddy Harris, with the Director- General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), Fernando Dos Santos, signed a cooperation agreement on Thursday, 10 December 2020 in Harare City, Zimbabwe.

This collaboration assists ARIPO in adopting an innovative electronic recording system of copyright and the electronic recording system of communal Intellectual Property developed by DGIP.

As of 31 December 2016, ARIPO comprised of 19 Member States in total. ARIPO was mainly established to pool its member’s countries resources in industrial property matters together to avoid duplication of financial and human resources. Thus the preamble to the Lusaka Agreement clearly states that member states are “aware of the advantage to be derived by them from the effective and continuous exchange of information and harmonization and co-ordination of their laws and activities in industrial property matters”.

From this collaboration, ARIPO can implement an electronic recording system for copyright, as well as an electronic recording system for genetic resources, traditional knowledge, and traditional cultural expressions (SDGPTEBT) for ARIPO member states.

Moreover, DGIP will also provide the source code for the software developed in the project to ARIPO in January 2021.

However, in this collaboration, the Director General of Intellectual Property emphasized that ARIPO is not allowed to modify the software source code that has been provided without written consent from the DGIP during a three-year maintenance period starting from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023.


By: IP Team, Biro Oktroi Roosseno Indonesia

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