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]