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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.

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

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).

 

KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY,

KUMASI, GHANA

SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ADMISSIONS INTO THE MASTERS DEGREE IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (MIP) PROGRAMME

 

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.

Duration

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 (www.knust.edu.gh), and ARIPO (www.aripo.org).

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:

CATEGORY OF STUDENTS DESCRIPTION YEAR 1 YEAR 2 AMOUNT IN US$
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

Scholarships

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, www.knust.edu.gh.

International students should start their applications by going to: https://apps.knust.edu.gh/admissions/ and click on Generate Logins and follow the instructions.

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

NORCODE

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).