Regional Designs in Africa

Allows for a single design application to be effective across its designated members states

Created in 1976 under the Lusaka Agreement, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is an intergovernmental organization, based in Harare, Zimbabwe, that facilitates cooperation between its member states. The main objectives of this organization are the harmonization and development of industrial property laws and the establishment of greater cooperation between the Member States.

The intellectual property rights within ARIPO are currently divided in four protocols, including the Harare Protocol of 1984, which regulates industrial designs. ARIPO's industrial design applications shall designate the states in which the product is intended to be protected. Of the nineteen Member States, only seventeen ratified this Protocol.


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ARIPO - Harare Protocol

Design Details and Timeframes

Priority claim



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  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Applicant data.
  •  Deed of assignment, simply signed (if applicable).
  •  Certified copy of the priority document if claimed.
  •  Graphical representation.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Deed of Assignment.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of name.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of address.
  •  License agreement.
  •  Power of Attorney signed by the Licensor.

Remarks: Documents should be accompanied by a verfied English translation.

African Focus

Trust our extensive experience in Africa

Taking this into account, we are pleased to present our "Trademarks in Africa" and new "Patents in Africa" Booklets. These booklets contain comprehensive information regarding trademarks and patents in each African Jurisdiction.

Why Inventa?

Global Network with a special focus in Africa

Through a network of local offices, including several locations in Africa, and an extensive network of associates, we are committed in delivering a global coverage with local experience.


With over 45 years of experience in Intellectual Property, Inventa has served thousands of clients, from small entrepreneurs and startups, to multinationals holding large trademark and patent portfolios, and other entities dealing with R&D on a daily basis. Furthermore, our experience allows us to understand the caveats of the different industries, since we maintain relationships with clients from different sectors, including food and beverages companies, communications, IT, pharmaceutical, manufacturers, oil & gas companies, financial institutions, business services companies and more.

Tech drive

Inventa recognizes that in this day and age, information management and the internet have taken over many aspects of business. To accompany the changing needs of our clients, over the last few years we have increased our activity in the area of technological infrastructures and information systems. In this way, Inventa seeks to respond to the different demands of both the market and its clients.

Global Network

Thanks to our large network of contacts and associate level, we offer our clients a vast team of highly-specialized professionals in the Intellectual Property field and related strategic sectors. Our professionals guarantee highly-personalized and efficient accompaniment of all our services.

Local Presence in Africa

African Countries present some of the greater challenges when it comes to protecting Intellectual Property. As such, local presence is paramount to attain a high standard of quality, similar to what can be practiced in other regions. Our local presence in Africa allows us to deal with the challenges presented to us, whether it’s red tape, instability, cultural differences or language barriers. The key to our success in Africa has been the training of local technical staff and their demonstrated enthusiasm for Intellectual Property.

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