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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

Creation of African Geographical Indications manual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.