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Submissions are invited for publication in the African Journal of Intellectual Property (AJIP) Volume 2 Number 2 published by Africa University in collaboration with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO).

This scholarly journal is a peer-reviewed, bi-annual publication which aims to respond to the growing need for documentation of, and access to research in diverse aspects of intellectual property in Africa. A special feature of the journal is the promotion of African scholarship and research emanating from universities, research institutions, legal practice, administrative bodies, the judiciary and other sectors with a stake in intellectual property policy, administration, enforcement and management. While providing a platform to publish research in core intellectual property subjects including patents, copyright, designs, trademarks, traditional knowledge etc, the journal also welcomes submissions on intellectual property-related issues in health, education, food security, the environment etc. In this way, the journal aims to fill the gap in existing academic journals by encouraging interdisciplinary research.

Article submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. However, to be considered for publication in the June 2018 Issue, full articles must be received on or before 31 March 2018.


Manuscript Preparation

The journal welcomes articles, case reviews, statute reviews, book reviews, practitioner pieces, commentaries and other original submissions. Submissions should be original contributions, not previously published and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Peer Review Process

All submissions will be peer-reviewed through the double-blind system. Among other things, reviewers will evaluate the originality, relevance, accuracy, rigour and general suitability of the submission for publication in AJIP.

Prospective authors are advised to not include their names in the main text or as running headers and footers.  There is no absolute upper or lower word limit for submissions. However, as a general guide, it is expected that articles should fall within the range of 4 000 and 5 000 words, while practitioner pieces, statute, case and book reviews as well as comments should be between 1 000 and 3 000 words. Submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, with 1 ½ lines spacing.  An abstract of 150-250 words is required at the point of submission. This should include four or five key words.

Referencing Style

Contributors are to follow the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style in which:

-    in–text citations should state author, date and where appropriate page number; and

-    the reference list, entered alphabetically, must include all the works cited in your article.

Please aim to incorporate footnotes into the text. If notes are unavoidable, they should come at the end of the article (end notes) and must be brief and to the point.


Short quotes of less than three lines (under 40 words) should run on as part of your sentence with “double quotation marks” to signal where the quote starts and ends. The page where the quote comes from must be included.

Long quotes known as block quotes or indented quotes (more than 40 words) should:

•    start on a new line

•    be set at 10 point font

•    be indented about 5 spaces from the left hand margin

•    be single spaced

•    not have quotation marks.


UK English spelling is preferred and should conform to the most recent edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.

Manuscript Submission

Submissions should be emailed as attachments in Microsoft Word Format to the Managing Editor, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  In a separate file, please provide the name, designation, institutional affiliation, educational background, contact information and other biographical details of the author (s).

Submission Deadline:  31 March 2018


NORCODE African Regional Training Program on Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights November 20 to 30, 2017 in Dar-es-Salaam, TANZANIA.

The Training Program organized by the Norwegian Copyright Development Association (NORCODE), in cooperation with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO Academy), with the assistance from the following international, non-governmental organizations:   

  • International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO)   
  • The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) (tbc)   
  • International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) (tbc)   
  • The Societies’ Council for the Collective Management of Performers’ Rights (SCAPR) (tbc)

Supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway, and the University of Agder, Norway.

The programme is primarily tailored for persons in a leading position in a collective management organization (CMO). It is equally well suited for government representatives who, as policy makers want to enhance knowledge on how the copyright system functions in practice.

Click here for more information on the program and to download an application form.

The ARIPO National Roving Seminars under the theme “Fostering creativity and innovation for economic growth and development in Africa has commenced today in Zanzibar, In the United Republic of Tanzania. The two-day seminar running from 17-18 July 2017 is being held at the Golden Tulip Hotel.

This is the first leg of the series of National Roving Seminars that ARIPO is conducting in the United Republic of Tanzania this week. The second leg will be in Dar es Salaam from 20 – 21 July 2017 at the New Africa Hotel.

The Zanzibar Roving Seminar was graced by the Guest of Honour, Honourable Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, Minister of Trade, Industry and Marketing who officially opened the meeting. Mrs Joyce Banya, The Representative of the Director General of the World Intellectual property Organization (WIPO), Counsellor at the Africa Bureau, Mr. Yuji Nakayama, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Tanzania, The Principal Secretaries: Mr. Bakar Haji Bakar, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Marketing, Mr. Juma Ali Juma, Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr. Abdulah Issa Mgongo, Representative of the Principal Secretary Presidents Office Constitution, Legal Affairs, Public Services and Good governance were also in attendance.

The Minister emphasised that “Our Government acknowledges and appreciate the friendly assistance of ARIPO and WIPO especially in the process of preparing our Intellectual Property Strategy/Policy, IP legal frameworks (the Industrial Property Act No. 4 of 2008 and its implementing regulations, the Copyright Act), development of IPAS System and the Cloves Branding Project” which is supported by the International Trading Centre (ITC).

"The Government has also established the Zanzibar Business and Property Registrations Agency (BPRA) with the mandate to administer industrial property laws in the country, the Copyright Society of Zanzibar (COSOZA) which deals with administrations of copyright issues as well as Collective Management Organisation and Plant Breeders Rights Institutions. All the three institutions are doing a good job," added Honourable Ambassador Ali.

According to the ARIPO Director General, Mr. Fernando dos Santos, "the Rovong Seminars were devised to promote the use of IP in ARIPO member states. In the last three years, the initiative has covered 15 countries benefitting more than 2,500 partcipants."

Over 71 participants are in attendance including: Cultural Musical Club, Zanzibar Writers Association, Zanzibar Film Unit (Chama cha Wasanii Waigizaji Zanzibar), Zanzibar Flavour Unit, Zanzibar Broadcasting Commission, Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation, Zanzibar Cable TV, Zanzibar Food and Drugs Board, Kizimbani Agricultural Training Institute, Zanzibar State Trading Cooperation, Zanzibar Traditional Medicine Council, State University of Zanzibar, Karume Technical Collage, Zanzibar Agricultural Research Institute, Ministry of Agricultural Natural; Resources; Livestock and Fisheries, Zanzibar Department of Agriculture, Jumuiya ya Wakulima (JUWA), Plant Breeders Rights Unit Zanzibar, Zanzibar Technological and Business Incubator, Women’s Entrepreneurship Union (Umoja wa Wajasiriamali Wanawake), SMEs, Alsumeit University Zanzibar, Zanzibar University, Zanzibar Spice Producers, Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) Zanzibar, Tanzania Zanzibar Organic Producers (TAZOP), Tanzania Revenue Authority Zanzibar, ZENJI FM Radio, Copyright Society of Zanzibar (COSOZA), Zanzibar Business Property Registration Agency (BPRA), Ministry of Trade, Industry and Marketing, Zanzibar National Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (ZNCCIA), Baraza la Sanna Sensa ya Filamu na Utamaduni (BASSFU), NAD Ikhwan Safaa, Zanzibar Institute of Research and Public Policy (ZIRPP), .Zanzibar Business and Academic Consultancy (ZABACCO), Zanzibar Exporter Association (ZEXA), Zanzibar Clove Producers Organization (ZACPO).

The Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association (HIDA) has changed its name to the Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS) starting 1 July 2017 as part of its new branding.

According to AOTS President, Mr Shinya Kuwayama, “It is encouraging to see that the global network of HIDA-AOTS has once again gained a favorable reputation not only in Japan but also abroad. The abbreviation “AOTS” has international name recognition, which has been built and maintained for half a century, dating back to the days of its establishment.”

“We have decided to change our English name to one that projects an easy to understand image of ourselves, while reflecting our past and future and helping us to leverage the fame of “AOTS”, he adds.

The President also says that AOTS will promote various initiatives by maintaining and developing their global network, the value of which is second to none; and remain engaged in their mission of “Global Human Connectivity,” a phrase embodying the promotion of the unification of the world.

The Director General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) welcomed the change of name saying the rebranding will go a long way in repositioning AOTS in meeting its noble objectives.

ARIPO also recently rebranded which reenergized the Organization and better projected its image for its partners and general public.

AOTS will continue using its English name abbreviation “HIDA” for some time while the Japanese name of AOTS remains the same as before. 

The International Trademark Association (INTA) CEO, Mr. Etienne Sanz de Acedo will on Monday, 26 June 2017 at 0930 hours visit the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO).  The CEO’s mission is to understand how to better serve and increase INTA membership in Africa as well as strengthen ties and cooperation with ARIPO, government departments, the Judiciary and academic institutions responsible for or who have a stake in the effective use of trademarks for development.

INTA is the global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. Recently, INTA has been paying more attention to Africa. INTA CEO, Mr. De Acedo, says his priorities are “to becoming truly global” and “engaging as many constituencies as possible.” 

INTA undertakes advocacy work throughout the world to advance trademarks and offers educational programs and informational and legal resources of global interest.

At ARIPO, the CEO will meet with the agents, attorneys and brand owners based in Zimbabwe starting 9.30am.

Mr. Acedo, accompanied by the ARIPO Director General, Mr. Fernando dos Santos, will later on meet with the Zimbabwean Chief Justice, Justice Luke Malaba and the Vice President, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

INTA has 7 member organizations in Zimbabwe and in Africa 248 members from 37 countries. Globally, it has more than 7,000 organizations from 190 countries. INTA members collectively contribute almost US $12 trillion to global GDP annually. For comparison, the 2015 annual GDP of the top three markets was $10.9 trillion (China), $16.2 trillion (European Union) and $17.9 trillion (United States).

The Association's member organizations represent some 30,000 trademark professionals and include brand owners from major corporations as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises, law firms and nonprofits. There are also government agency members as well as individual professor and student members.

The not-for-profit Association was founded in 1878 by 17 merchants and manufacturers who saw a need for an organization “to protect and promote the rights of trademark owners, to secure useful legislation and to give aid and encouragement to all efforts for the advancement and observance of trademark rights."