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.

GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS

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.

Quotations

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.

Spelling

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

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (hereinafter referred to as “the Organization”), is an Intergovernmental Organization, which was established at Lusaka, Zambia, in 1976 by an Agreement concluded under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Background of the Organization

The Organization was created, inter alia, to promote the development of intellectual property laws appropriate to the needs of its members, establish common services and training schemes, and assist its members in the acquisition and advancement of technology and the advancement of common views on Intellectual Property (IP) matters.

The Organization grants and administers IP titles on behalf of the Member States and provides IP information to its clientele in the form of search services, publications and awareness creation.  Membership of the Organization is open to all Member States of the African Union (AU) or of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

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 organs of the Organization are:

(a) the Council of Ministers, consisting of ministers who are responsible, in the Member States for the administration of intellectual property matters;

(b) the Administrative Council consisting of heads of offices, in the Member States, dealing with the administration of intellectual property; and

(c) the Secretariat (the Office of ARIPO) headed by the Director General as the principal executive officer of the Organization.

Applications are invited from suitable candidates to be considered for appointment to the post of Copyright and Related Rights Officer, on a fixed-term contract of two years (renewable), the full description of which is as follows:

Principal Duties:

Under the supervision of the Head of Copyright and Related Rights, the Copyright and Related Rights Officer will carry out the following tasks:

(a) Undertake assigned activities in accordance with the IP Ecosystem for growth strategy and annual work plan

(b) Research and compile information for policy development

(c) Assist in the provision of support to the Member States in work related to ARIPO’s existing mandate and Copyright and Related Rights treaties

(d) Assist in the development of training courses to foster creativity and the utilization of Copyright and Creative Industries by the Member States and other relevant stakeholders

(e) Assist in the development of proposals to strengthen existing partnerships on capacity building, awareness raising and revenue mobilization

(f) Assist in strengthening the Collective Management Organizations in ARIPO Member States

(g) Participate in capacity building and knowledge sharing activities within the Organization and amongst its stakeholders to foster creativity, innovation and the utilization of Copyright and Related Rights by the Member States and other relevant stakeholders

(h) Compile relevant data and statistics

(i) Prepare relevant reports on Copyright and Related Rights programmes and the utilization of the approved budget

(j) Perform relevant delegated tasks 

Minimum qualifications required

• Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Law/Social Science/Communications/ Cultural Studies/Arts

• Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property is a distinct advantage

• 3 Years post qualification experience in the Intellectual Property field

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and other relevant packages

• Project management, monitoring and evaluation capability

• Strong Communication, stakeholder engagement, relationship building and reporting skills

• Excellent time management, organisational and research skills

• Ability to work under pressure whilst remaining adaptable and flexible 

• Judgment, organizing, problem solving, analysis and decision making skills

• Strong knowledge of IP

Nationality:  To be eligible for appointment, candidates must be nationals of a Member State of the Organization.

Duty Station:  Harare, Zimbabwe

 

Conditions of Employment:

Conditions of employment shall be subject to the ARIPO Staff Rules and Procedures or be determined by the Administrative Council of the Organization.

Salary and allowances on first appointment shall be those applicable to Grade L-1 STEP 1 of the ARIPO salary scales of the professional category.

Base Salary: US$27,918 per annum.

Post Adjustment Allowance:  Depending on the rise and fall, in value, of the United States dollar, a post adjustment index which is presently 46.4% of base salary is applied as a cost of living allowance.

Dependency Allowances:  US$900 per year for a dependent child.  Maximum number of children three (3).

 

Other conditions include:

• Payment of travel and removal expenses,

• Once off Installation grant

• Education grant up to a maximum of three children

• Housing allowance,

• Contributory medical insurance scheme

• Annual leave of 30 working days

• Paid home leave every two years. 

 

Medical Examination:  The appointment is subject to a satisfactory United Nations type medical examination to be conducted by an ARIPO nominated medical practitioner.

Other Conditions of Service:  Other terms and conditions of service shall be subject to the ARIPO Staff Rules and Procedures or be determined by the Administrative Council of the Organization.

Applications:  Applicants should submit detailed curriculum vitae indicating pertinent personal data, two-passport size photographs and accompanied by certified copies of relevant certificates and names and addresses of two persons from whom references can be obtained. 

Applicants should indicate in their personal data, the following:

i) family name and first names;

ii) date and place of birth;

iii) nationality and detailed present address;

iv) full names, relationship, sex and date of birth of dependents;

v) language abilities both written and spoken;

vi) educational background (main subjects, institutions, diplomas or degrees and marks of merit;

vii) employment record (present or most recent employment, previous employment);

(viii) any other relevant information.

 

Applications should be sent to:

The Director General

African Regional Intellectual Property Organization

11 Natal Road, Belgravia

P O Box 4228

HARARE

Zimbabwe

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

 

Deadline for submission of Applications: 28 February, 2018.

(Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be accepted and that ARIPO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process).

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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 is in the process of developing a website to promote its corporate image. The website to be developed should be visually appealing, easy to manage and navigate.

ARIPO invites Expression of Interest (EoI) to design the website for the Organization. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Terms of Reference.

Proposals for the new website with a sample website link to be submitted to ARIPO by not later than close of business of 9 February 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Submission of proposals should be addressed to:

Director General

African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)

11 Natal Road, Belgravia

P O Box 4228

Harare

Zimbabwe

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Masters Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP)

Jointly offered by:

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO);

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO);

and Africa University (AU)

2018/2019 ADMISSIONS

THE PROGRAM

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the Masters in Intellectual Property (MIP) Program. The Degree is jointly offered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and Africa University (AU), with financial support from the Government of Japan.

The duration is twelve months, from May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019, structured in three parts, as follows:

• First Part (May 1 to July 20, 2018): WIPO Academy Distance Learning Courses, undertaken via the Internet;

• Second Part (August 1 to December 8, 2018): Residential phase requiring physical attendance at lectures undertaken at Africa University in Mutare (Zimbabwe) and practical training sessions at ARIPO in Harare.

• Third Part (December 11, 2018 to April 30, 2019): Dissertation Phase requiring research and writing on an approved topic.

The Program adopts a comparative approach, with particular emphasis on Africa. Lectures are given by leading academics, intellectual property practitioners, intellectual property officers and other experts drawn from across Africa.

The provisional curriculum of the Program is available on the following website: Africa University (http://africau.edu/programmes/MastersinIntellectualproperty.html)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The MIP Programme is open to government officials, industry practitioners, senior students and young professionals from academic, research and development or other relevant background who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills in Intellectual Property law and practice. To be eligible, candidates are required to hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (second lower class) from a recognized university in any discipline and have a minimum of two years work experience. Proof of English proficiency is required, therefore, students coming from countries where the official language is not English will need to submit evidence of proficiency in an appropriate internationally approved English examination e.g IELTS, TOEFL.

AWARD

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, participants will be awarded a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP) by Africa University on behalf of WIPO and ARIPO.

FEES AND COSTS

For tuition, registration and accommodation fees please follow link (subject to annual review). Cost of meals and upkeep is estimated at US$350.00 per month per person.

SCHOLARSHIPS

With a view to contributing to the development of human resources in the field of Intellectual Property in Africa, WIPO, ARIPO and the Government of Japan will provide approximately 30 scholarships to qualified candidates from Africa. The scholarship shall cover the cost of a return air ticket, board and lodge at Africa University and ARIPO, tuition fees, registration fees and medical insurance.

To apply for scholarships online follow the following link https://welc.wipo.int/acc/index.jsf?page=aipCatalog.xhtml&lang=en&cc=MIP_AFRICA#plus_ MIP_AFRICA

 

 APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Interested candidates fulfilling the above mentioned requirements are invited to send their written applications to the following address:
Assistant Registrar-Academic Affairs
Africa University
Fairview Road, Off Nyanga Road
Old Mutare,
P.O. Box 1320
Mutare
Zimbabwe

or

Email scanned copies to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application forms shall be accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae, CERTIFIED copies of university degree certificates/diplomas and transcripts and at least two letters of reference. These documents are to be received by Africa University no later than February 28, 2018. Applicants wishing to be considered for the various scholarships should specifically indicate so in their application, and endure that they apply online at the WIPO website.

Detailed information concerning the MIP Program is provided on the websites of Africa University (http://africau.edu/programmes/MastersinIntellectualproperty.html), the WIPO Academy (www.wipo.int/academy) and ARIPO (www.aripo.org).