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JPO Deputy Commissioner Attended the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO*) Sixteenth Session of the Council of Ministers

November 27, 2017

Mr. Shimano, Deputy Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) attended the ARIPO’s Sixteenth Session of the Council of Ministers held in Lilongwe, the capital city of the Republic of Malawi from 23 to 24 November. This Council of Ministers consisting of ministers responsible for intellectual property is the highest decision-making body of the ARIPO held once every two years.

At the Council, the JPO introduced Japan’s support measures for Africa in the field of industrial property through the WIPO/Japan Funds-in-Trust and delivered a message to the ARIPO and the officials of its member countries that improvements to the industrial property system will play an important role for further developing the African economy.

Furthermore, Deputy Commissioner Shimano exchanged opinions on future cooperation in the field of industrial property between the ARIPO and JPO with Mr. Fernando Dos Santos, Director General of the ARIPO, Mr. Sylvance A. Sange, Managing Director of the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) and their colleagues.

The JPO will continue to cooperate with the African countries in order to develop an environment where Japanese companies can promptly and smoothly obtain IP rights and where the IP rights are properly protected.


  • * African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO): Regional Patent Office consisting of 19 mainly English-speaking countries in Africa

 

(photo-01) Meeting of the ARIPO Sixteenth Session of the Council of Ministers
Meeting of the ARIPO Sixteenth Session of the Council of Ministers

(photo-02) Deputy Commissioner Shimano of the JPO and Director General Fernando Dos Santos of the ARIPO
Deputy Commissioner Shimano of the JPO and Director General Fernando Dos Santos of the ARIPO

(photo-03) Deputy Commissioner Shimano of the JPO and Managing Director Sylvance A. Sange of the KIPI
Deputy Commissioner Shimano of the JPO and Managing Director Sylvance A. Sange of the KIPI

[Last updated 27 November 2017]