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São Tomé and Príncipe joins ARIPO Protocols for Patents, Industrial designs and trademarks 

An African country officially known as ‘Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe’, became the 19th Member of ARIPO on 19 May 2014.  São Tomé and Príncipe, a former Portuguese colony, is primarily Portuguese speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. It consists of an island group around two main islands which are: São Tomé and Príncipe, located about 140 kilometres apart and about 250 and 225 kilometres, respectively, off the north-western coast of Gabon.

Sào Tomé and Príncipe deposited its Instrument of Accession to the Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs within the Framework of ARIPO on 19 May 2014. The number of active ARIPO Member States now party to the Harare Protocol are 18. Since Sào Tomé and Príncipe is also a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), this means that any international application filed on or after 19 August, 2014 may include the designation of the Sào Tomé and Príncipe for an ARIPO patent and industrial designs. Further, since 19 August 2014 it has been possible for residents of the Sào Tomé and Príncipe to file patent and industrial design applications with ARIPO as a receiving Office.

On 27 November, 2015, São Tomé and Príncipe solidified its ties with ARIPO by depositing its Instrument of Accession to the Banjul Protocol on Marks. The Banjul Protocol will enter into force, with respect to São Tomé and Príncipe on 27 February, 2016 and with effect from 27 February, 2016, São Tomé and Príncipe becomes eligible for designation as a Member States under the Banjul Protocol. The accession of the Banjul Protocol by São Tomé and Príncipe brings the number of Member States party to the Protocol to ten (10). Likewise, residents of Sào Tomé and Príncipe will be able to file trademark applications with ARIPO as a receiving Office.


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