Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the Masters degree in Intellectual Property (MIP) Programme. The Degree is jointly offered by the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana and Intellectual Property Office of Ghana.


The duration is Twenty-four months, from February 28, 2018 to February 28, 2020 including holidays, structured in two parts, as follows:

  • First Year (February 2018 to December, 2018): Residential phase requiring physical attendance at lectures undertaken at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.
  • Second Year (January 2019 to February, 2020: Dissertation Phase requiring research and writing on an approved research topic.

The Programme 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 Programme is available on the following websites: KNUST (, and ARIPO (

Entry Requirements

Eligible candidates are required to hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (second class lower) 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

programme, participants will be awarded a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP) by KNUST on behalf of ARIPO.

Fee Schedule

The cost and funds required for the duration of the MIP programme for foreign and local students are provided in the table with appropriate breakdown as follows:

Local students Tuition and Registration Fees   2500.00 1500.00 4000.00
Accommodation 1300.00 1300.00 2600.00
Total 3800.00 2800.00 6600.00
Foreign Students Tuition and Registration Fees   5000.00 3000.00 8,000.00
Accommodation 1300.00 1300.00 2600.00
Total 6300.00 4300.00 10,600.00
Estimated cost of meals and   upkeep per month 300.00 300.00


With a view to contributing to the development of human resources in the field of Intellectual Property in Africa, ARIPO will provide 5 scholarships for the 2017/2018 Academic Year. The scholarship shall cover the cost of a return air ticket, board and lodge at KNUST, tuition fees, registration fees and medical insurance.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates with the requisite qualifications (see Entry requirements) are invited to submit their applications online on the website of the University,

International students should start their applications by going to: and click on Generate Logins and follow the instructions.

Deadline for the submission of applications is 15 February, 2018.

Digital income growth accelerates to 51% as CISAC member author societies drive efficiencies worldwide

Paris, France, 15 November 2017 Global royalty collections for creators have hit a new record high of €9.2 billion (US$10.1 billion) annually, up 6% on the previous year according to new figures published by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) today.

In the music sector, songwriters, music composers and publishers saw collections grow by 6.8% to €8.0 billion (US$8.9 billion), helped by a 52% increase in digital revenues. Collections for audiovisual and literature works also increased, while there were small declines in collections for visual arts and drama.

Revenues from digital uses of all repertoires have nearly tripled since 2012, and grew 51.4% in 2016 to just under €1 billion, the sharpest growth rate in the last five years. These are largely driven by streaming subscription services. At €948 million (US$1,045 million) digital still accounts for only 10.4% of global income, however, with revenues held back in particular by poor returns from UGC video streaming platforms.

TV and radio broadcast take the largest collections share with 42.8% of global income, followed by live and background uses. In the music sector in Europe, live and background collections have overtaken TV and radio for the first time, reflecting the health of the live business and pressure on rates from broadcasters.

The numbers are released today in the CISAC Global Collections Report, collating and analysing 2016 data received from member authors societies in 123 territories.

Introducing the 2017 Report, CISAC Director General Gadi Oron says: “This year’s report shows the system of collective management of creators’ rights is robust, successful and ready for more growth. The big traditional revenue streams, led by broadcast and live performance, remain stable and strong. Digital royalties continue to surge and in some markets already overtake other forms of income. The figures we’re releasing today reflect our societies’ relentless effort to be more efficient and innovative, and drive income growth.” 

Jean-Michel Jarre, CISAC President and electronic music pioneer, writes: “This is a vast sector of cultural and economic activity, worth an amazing nine billion euros worldwide. Despite its growth, however, collections are nowhere near the level they should be. Large industries that use creative content are driving down the value of our works. A simple illustration of this is the “transfer of value” in the digital market where platforms such as YouTube are paying mere crumbs to authors. There is no greater priority that we ask from governments today than a solution to the transfer of value.”

CISAC’s global network of 239 societies licences content and collects royalties on behalf of 4 million creators for the use of works on TV, radio, background, live, digital, private copying and other uses.


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CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – is the world’s leading network of authors’ societies (also referred to as Collective Management Organisations, or CMOs).

With 239 member societies in 121 countries, CISAC represents over four million creators from all geographic regions and artistic repertoires including music, audiovisual, drama, literature and visual arts. CISAC is presided over by electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre and the organisation’s vice-presidents are: Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, Argentinean film director Marcelo Piñeyro, Spanish visual artist Miquel Barceló and Chinese film director, scriptwriter and producer Jia Zhang-ke.

CISAC protects the rights and represents the interests of creators worldwide. Founded in 1926, it is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation with headquarters in France and regional officesin Africa (Burkina Faso), Latin America (Chile), Asia-Pacific (China) and Europe (Hungary).| Twitter: @CISACNews | Facebook: CISACWorldwide.


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 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. 

Harare 09 June 2017 - The African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) will hold the 6th Session of the Working Group on the Improvement of the ARIPO Protocols Relating to Industrial Property from 12 to 13 June 2017 at the ARIPO Headquarters, 11 Natal Road in Harare, Zimbabwe.
The Working Group will among other issues discuss amendments to the Banjul Protocol, Harare Protocol and the Swakopmund Protocol. The amendments to the Protocols are to ensure improvement on their use as well as harmonise the Protocols with international treaties. 
The Working Group is comprised of the member states, ARIPO Secretariat and users of the Protocols such as Patent Agents, Attorneys and organisations involved in Intellectual Property from the 19 ARIPO member states. 
The ARIPO member states party to the Lusaka Agreement include: Botswana, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Working Group will provide users with a chance to give their views and participate in the amendments to the Protocols. ARIPO also provides amendments drawn from ongoing research on IP laws and interaction at the international level on IP matters. This ensures the Protocols conform to the international standards.  
At the conclusion of the meeting, recommendations agreed on will be submitted to the Technical Committee on Industrial Property which will consider the agreed proposals and recommend them to the ARIPO Administrative Council for its consideration and approval. 
The Harare Protocol
The Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs within the framework of ARIPO was adopted on December 10, 1982.  The Protocol empowers the Organization to grant patents and to register utility models and industrial designs and to administer such patents, utility models and industrial designs on behalf of contracting states in accordance with the provisions of the Protocol through its Secretariat (the ARIPO Office).
The amendments to the Harare Protocol and its Implementing Regulations have been undertaken to address specific issues affecting the filing and processing of applications, grant, and administration of industrial property titles processed by the ARIPO Office. 
The Harare Protocol Contracting States include; Botswana, São Tomé and Príncipe , The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Banjul Protocol
The Banjul Protocol on Marks, adopted by the ARIPO Administrative Council in 1993, establishes a trademark application filing and registration system along the lines of the Harare Protocol. 
Under the Banjul Protocol, an applicant may file a single application either at one of the Banjul Protocol Contracting States or directly with the ARIPO Office. The applicant should designate Banjul Protocol Contracting States in which the applicant wishes the mark to be protected once the ARIPO Office has registered it.
States currently party to the Banjul Protocol are: Botswana, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe
The Swakopmund Protocol
The Swakopmund Protocol on the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Expressions of Folklore was adopted by a diplomatic conference held in Swakopmund, Namibia on August 9, 2010. 
The purpose of this Protocol is to protect traditional knowledge holders against any infringement of their rights as recognized by this Protocol and to protect expressions of folklore against misappropriation, misuse and unlawful exploitation beyond their traditional context. Through the Protocol, ARIPO has introduced a regional framework for the protection of traditional knowledge and expressions of folklore. 
ARIPO Member States party to the protocol are; Botswana, The Gambia, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) is an Inter-governmental organization (IGO). It was created under the Lusaka Agreement that was concluded and signed in Lusaka, Zambia on December 9 1976.  Membership of the Organization is open to all African States members of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) or the African Union (AU).
For more information go to: 
For further information contact: 
Susan Mwiti
Documentations and Communications Officer, ARIPO
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8th May 2017 – IFPI, representing the recording industry worldwide, and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO), have signed a landmark agreement that will enhance the rights of African artists and their music.

The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two organisations will further strengthen the copyright law framework and licensing of sound recording rights across the African continent.  This will support African artists and record companies with their rights to be fairly rewarded for the music they are creating and contribute to the evolution of the African music market.

The commitment made between the two parties also foresees further cooperation in areas from capacity building to the development of joint events.

Commenting on the agreement, Frances Moore, chief executive IFPI, said: “The new digital environment opens unprecedented opportunities for African artists and record companies to bring their music to a worldwide audience, provided the copyright laws and the licensing infrastructure is there to support it. 

“IFPI and our member companies look forward to cooperating with ARIPO to enable African artists and record companies to achieve their potential and to fully benefit from the fruits of their creativity and investment.”

Sean Watson, Managing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Africa, Chairperson of the Recording Industry of South Africa and the South African Music Performance Rights Association said on the development: “If we all work together to create a safe environment for copyright owners and artists to make their music available for fans then everybody wins. This is an important step in that direction.”

The Director General of ARIPO, Mr Fernando dos Santos had this to add, “We are excited to seal this strategic partnership with IFPI. Our greatest hope is to see Collective Management Organization’s become more pro-active in collecting and distributing royalties amongst the right holders’ whose works have been used and to see users of copyrighted works willingness to pay for the usage. ARIPO with its partners will endeavour to do all it can within its means to best further the cause of capacity building in Africa thereby contributing to the benefits and protection provided for within the African music market.

ARIPO is an Intergovernmental Organization established to promote the use of Intellectual Property for the development in its Member States. Membership of the Organization is open to all States members of the African Union (AU) or of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Currently ARIPO counts 19 Member States from the East, South and Western Africa and looks forward to other African countries to be its Member States.

IFPI promotes the interests of the international recording industry worldwide. Its membership comprises some 1,300 major and independent companies in 58 countries. It also has affiliated industry national groups in 57 countries. IFPI’s mission is to promote the value of recorded music, campaign for the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music in all markets where its members operate.

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