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The newly formed Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) was established through the amalgamation of the Office of Companies and Intellectual Property Enforcement (OCIPE) and the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (CIPRO).The Commission is a juristic person, and as mandated by the Companies Act, 2008 (Act 71 of 2008), has jurisdiction throughout the Republic, is independent, and subject only to the Constitution and the law and any policy statement, directive or request issued to it by the Minister of Trade and Industry in terms of this Act. Main functions of the Commission:
*Registration of Companies, Co-operatives and Intellectual Property Rights (trade marks, patents, designs and copyright) and maintenance thereof
*Disclosure of Information on its business registers
*Promotion of education and awareness of Company and Intellectual Property Law
*Promotion of compliance with relevant legislation
*Monitoring compliance with and contraventions of financial reporting standards, and making recommendations thereto to Financial Reporting Standards Council (FRSC)
*Licensing of Business rescue practitioners
*Report, research and advise Minister on matters of national policy relating to company and intellectual property law ... [according to site editor's information]
ARIPO was mainly established to pool the resources of its member countries in industrial property matters together in order to avoid duplication of financial and human resources. Thus the preamble to the Lusaka Agreement states that member states are "aware of the advantage to be derived by them from the effective and continuous exchange of information and harmonization and co-ordination of their laws and activities in industrial property matters".
Members are Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. ... [according to site editor's information]
Patent rights being essentially a factor of development, and the body, which manages it necessarily, has a triple mission
* Issuing of protection titles
Registration and issuing of titles, following a procedure common to all member state, on the basis of the Bangui Agreement and other regulatory texts.
* Documentation and information
The Bangui Agreement makes it an obligation to AIPO to publish by way of information the essential content of the titles which it issues.
* Involvement in development
AIPO puts in place a programme of information, sensitisation, training and of assistance to the promotion of invention and innovation, directed to the different levels of society where there is a need for patent rights law. ... [according to site editor's information]
The African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) project is probing the relationship between national copyright environments and access to learning materials in African countries. The project is looking at this relationship within an access to knowledge (A2K) framework -- a framework which regards the protection/promotion of user access as one of the central objectives of copyright law. This project, supported by Canada's IDRC and South Africa's Shuttleworth Foundation, and managed by the LINK Centre at the Wits University Graduate School of Public & Development Management (P&DM) in Johannesburg, currrently has research nodes in eight African countries: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda. [according to site editor's information] Site has a news section and "research outputs" with reports on each country. ... [editors ilissAfrica]