“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now” – African Proverb
Many South African law firms hold themselves out as “the gateway to Africa”, but even the firms with offices in more than one country still rely on local agents for work in most of Africa.
We have developed relationships with local agents in all of the African countries and we are well able to assist clients in securing intellectual property rights in every African country.
This map highlights Africa’s markets and territories and the intellectual property systems in place. We are able to assist in all of these countries.
Regional Filing Systems in Africa
OAPI – Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Ivory Coast
- Equatorial Guinea
ARIPO – African Intellectual Property Organization
- Rwanda São Tomé and Príncipe
- Sierra Leone
PCT – Patent Cooperation Treaty
- All Countries, with the exception of Burundi, Dijibouti and the Democratic Republic of Congo.