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 Organisations of the UN and the African Union Commission (AUC).

 

AfrIPI Activity Clusters and Key Activities

 

Annual Work Plan

2020 - 2021

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Activity

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1

AfrIPI Launch event

                               

Result 1

2

Training on IP to technical working group AfCFTA

                               

3

Conference on geographical indications for policymakers 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

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result 2

11

Webinar on licencing 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 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 Agreement) for examiners

                               

18

Patent examination training programme (ARIPO)

                               

19

Patent examination training programme (OAPI)

                               

20

Support to the reform of Angolan IP legislation

                               

21

Judges colloquium on enforcement – initiating the creation of an online accessible case-law database

                               

22

Integration and implementation of IP tools

                               

Result 3

23

Support to the design and delivery of online trainings at ARIPO master’s programme on IP

                               

24

Support to the IP academies network

                               

25

Expert support to the OAPI online masters training programmes on IP

                               

26

Create an African SMEs learning tool

                               

Result 4

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

                               

29

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

                               

30

Creation of an African geographical indications’ manual