African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) has announced the launch of its web-based Intellectual Property (IP) Administration System under POLite+ – the ICT Infrastructure Modernization Project sponsored by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
During the launch, ARIPO reports that new paper-based applications for patents, industrial designs, trademarks, utility models and search requests domains and notifications or documents associated to IP applications were captured into the system successfully.
ARIPO remarks that: “It is indeed a very happy moment for ARIPO and this milestone has put the Organization on the global map and in line with sister organizations that also use advanced IP administration systems.”
According to ARIPO, the overall system, when fully functional, will consist of:
– Online Services (eservice.aripo.org): a public service module where members of the public can access to online services like Quick Search, Advanced Search, IP Forms, Journals etc without having to register with ARIPO.
– E-services: a members-only area where members will require registration and acceptance by ARIPO. This facility allows for online filing of IP files, online payment of fees, sending and receiving notifications and general tracking of filed applications.
The e-filing system will be opened to the users on the 9th of March 2015 and it is therefore advisable for users to sign-up in advance for this service.
For now, following menus are available on ARIPO’s online service page here:
– Sign Up
– IP Digital Library
– Fee Schedule
– User Guide
This blogger congratulates ARIPO on this “great achievement”!