Closing Date:  30 September 2018

Submissions are invited for publication in the African Journal of Intellectual Property (AJIP) Volume 3 Number 1 published by Africa University’s College of Business, Peace, Leadership and Governance (CBPLG) in collaboration with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (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. The journal offers an opportunity to publish works which promote a deeper understanding of the importance and role of diverse intellectual property rights in promoting development and growth. It welcomes submissions which explore how intellectual property laws and policies are being used and may be further improved across the continent for the benefit of African populations. 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 are accepted on a rolling basis. However, to be considered for publication in Volume 3 Number 1 issue, full articles must be received on or before the 30 September 2018. Publication date for the issue is December 2018.

Peer Review Process

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


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. Assessment for publication will be undertaken using the double-blind peer review system. 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 2 500 and 4 000 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 Mr M. Mtetwa, 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) (about 200-250 words).



The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (hereinafter referred to as “the Organization”), is an intergovernmental Organization that grants and administers Intellectual Property (IP) titles on behalf of its Member States and provides IP information to its clientele in the form of search services, publications and awareness creation.  Membership of the organisation is open to all Member States of the African Union (AU) or of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

The present members of the Organization are:  Botswana, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  (Total:  19 states)

The ARIPO Secretariat is based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

ARIPO would like to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), Alarm and Biometric Access Control Systems at its Headquarters and therefore invites Expression of Interest (EoI) from registered companies to undertake the installation. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Terms of Reference.

All tenders are to be enclosed in plain sealed envelopes marked ARIPO CCTV ATIN#: 2018/05/CCTV03 to be received on or before 20 July 2018 at 12:30hrs. No extra claim consequent on any misunderstanding or otherwise shall be allowed.

All prospective suppliers are invited to attend a compulsory site meeting that will be held at the ARIPO premises on Friday 13 July 2018 at 10:00 am.

Submission of proposals should be addressed to:

Director General

African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)

11 Natal Road, Belgravia

P O Box 4228



As of 09 April 2018 the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) joins TMclass.

This last addition brings the total number of national and regional IP Offices, including OAPI, WIPO and EUIPO, in the tool to 67.

TMclass offers users the opportunity to search and translate goods and services to and from any of the 44 languages available.

The integration of ARIPO is a concrete result of the EUIPO’s International Cooperation framework in collaboration with its international partners.

You can find out more at and

The ARIPO Office wishes to inform all applicants that the Director General of ARIPO has established Administrative Instructions under the Regulations for the Implementation of the Banjul Protocol on Marks. The Administrative Instructions are accessible on the website of the Organization.

Attached is the signed notice from the Director General.

We wish to advise all our valued stakeholders including cooperating partners and patents agents that the Director of Intellectual Property at the ARIPO Secretariat, Mr. Christopher Joel Kiige, a national of Uganda retired from active ARIPO service at the end of February 2018 in accordance with the ARIPO retirement policy.

We take this opportunity to once again wish Mr. Kiige well as he enjoys his well-deserved break in his retirement.