COUNTRY : SOMALI REPUBLIC
CAPITAL : MOGADISHU
LANGUAGE : ENGLISH
ARIPO is a comity of 18 Former English Colonies which are also English speaking Countries. Member Countries are: BOTSWANA, GAMBIA, GHANA, KENYA, LESOTHO, LIBERIA, MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, RWANDA, SIERRA LEONE, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SWAZILAND, TANZANIA, UGANDA, ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE.
African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation known more commonly by its acronym (ARIPO) was established through the Lusaka Agreement and is headquartered at Harare Zimbabwe.
To come under the scope of registration, a Design should:
i. Be new and / or original
ii. Not have been disclosed to the public anywhere by publication in tangible form or by use in any other way prior to the filing date or where applicable, the priority date of the application for registration to which a 12 month exception is provided.
iii. Be significantly distinguishable from known designs or combination of known designs.
iv. Not contain scandalous or obscene matter, or be contrary to public order or morality.
v. Not be a mere mechanical contrivance.
vi. Be applicable to an article, should appeal to the eye.
Original here means, originating from the author of such a design and includes those cases which though old in themselves , are new in their application as well.
Aspects of Designs registrable:
• 2 Dimensional, 3 Dimensional, general appearance of a design.
• Contours, Colours, Shapes and Textures
• Material out of which the design is made
• Decoration of the design
• Packaging, Graphic Symbols, Typographic Typefaces
BENIFIT RIGHTS OF THE DESIGN OWNER: