ARIPO forges ahead with Regional Database

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A new ARIPO Regional IP Database has been launched, and many bloggers and reporters have mentioned it (see here, for example). This blogger would like to add his two cents Shillings.

Developing a regional IP database is no small accomplishment, and ARIPO deserves hearty and numerous congratulations. The interface is convenient and easy to use. The coverage is broad, including patents, designs, and trademarks listed separately and segregated for each ARIPO member nation. It is therefore quite clear what sort of data are available (and what data are not available!) for searching, and this in itself helps us to see what types of IP are popular, and where they are popular.

Data available in ARIPO Database

This blogger began constructing national databases of Kenyan patents and trademarks several years ago, and can guess the incredible amount of work that must have been done to launch this ARIPO resource. It is now possible to study a far greater data set of IP in Africa.

Thank you ARIPO!!!

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