Joel Rodrigues, Inventa International, outlines the changes and implications to the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization’s Harare Protocol 10th Amendments making it now equal to other national and multinational’s systems.

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (henceforth, ARIPO) is a supranational organization in Africa for the cooperation of African states in all matters related to Intellectual Property, first established by the Lusaka Agreement in 1976. At the moment, this supranational organization is comprised of 19 member-states and four treaties for different Intellectual Property rights:

1) The Harare Protocol for the creation of a unified Patent…

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