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Okt 08, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 16/20)
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Accession to Lusaka Agreement by Mauritius

On September 25, 2020, the Republic of Mauritius deposited its Instrument of Accession to the Lusaka Agreement of December 9, 1976 establishing the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) with the Director General of ARIPO.

In accordance with Article XVI (3) of the Lusaka Agreement, Mauritius became a full member of ARIPO but has not yet acceded to the Harare or Banjul Protocols. Therefore, Mauritius cannot be designated in trademark, design or patent applications filed via the ARIPO system.

At present, Mauritius' new Industrial Property Act 2019 does not contain provisions on the recognition of intellectual property rights granted through the ARIPO system. This would need to be changed in order to accede to the Harare or Banjul Protocols.