ARIPO Admin Council Meeting 2020

Adams & Adams are excited to announce that  we will be attending the virtual ARIPO Admin council meeting taking place on 16- 20th November. Watch this space as we keep you updated on developments coming out of this meeting brought to you by our Partners Mariette Du Plessis and Nthabi Phaswana.

It is that time of the year –  ARIPO. Normally we would have  been preparing ourselves to travel to one of the ARIPO member states to attend the ARIPO Administrative  Council meeting.  However, this year, we will be attending  the meeting virtually, due to ongoing travel restrictions imposed as a result of COVID- 19.

Whilst many organizations experienced disruptions to their normal workings due to COVID-19 , we are pleased to confirm that the ARIPO Office managed to provide uninterrupted services throughout the pandemic. Applications are filed and processed electronically without any delays.

Because of the infrastructure set up at ARIPO, we even managed to  virtually attend, in July,  the Ninth Session of the Working Group on the Improvement of the ARIPO Protocols Relating to Industrial Property . During the Working Group Session, we submitted and discussed various proposals for amending the Protocols. The proposed amendments will be tabled at the Administrative Council meeting  which will be held online from  16 to 20  November 2020. If accepted, these amendments will become part of the Protocols, effective 1 January 2021.

There were several noteworthy proposals to amend the Harare Protocol which we hope will be tabled and passed into law. Some of the proposed changes include an extension of  the term of protection  for designs to 15 years, allowing for the submission of 3rd party observations  and  provisions for responding to refusal of patent applications by ARIPO member states.

Mariëtte du Plessis
Partner | Trade Mark Attorney
Nthabisheng Phaswana
Partner | Patent Attorney
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