AFRICAN REGIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION (ARIPO)
Please select your desired region
Please select your practice area
TRADE MARK SERVICES & TRADE MARK LAWYERS
ARIPO is an African regional intellectual property system which provides for a central office, situated in Harare, Zimbabwe, responsible for the grant or registration, and management, of various forms of intellectual property. An applicant may designate any one or more of the contracting states, in which the rights are to take effect.
ARIPO follows a multi-class filing system and recognises both goods and services classes in terms of the 11th edition of the Nice Classification.
ARIPO applications are subject to formal examination by the ARIPO office and substantive examination by the Registry of each designated member state in accordance with its national laws.
ARIPO applications are published for opposition purposes in the ARIPO journal and are open to opposition for a period of 3 months from the date of publication. Oppositions are dealt with in accordance with the national laws of the designated member state in respect of which the opposition is raised.
ARIPO Trade Mark registrations are valid for 10 years from the date of filing and may be renewed indefinitely for 10-year periods thereafter.