The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is an intergovernmental organization formed by 19 member states. The member states (signatories to the Lusaka Agreement) that currently make up ARIPO are: 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.
This organization was created with the purpose of increasing cooperation between its members and aims to create a regional industrial property system.
In regard to trademarks, 10 member states have signed the Banjul Protocol that creates a centralized filing system. Therefore, through this system a single trademark registration through ARIPO would technically grant protection and recognition in all 9 member states that have ratified the Banjul Protocol. The 10 member states included are: Botswana, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland, Uganda, Tanzania (mainland) and Zimbabwe.
Please note that this system does not replace the national systems. The majority of post application procedures (e.g. oppositions, cancellations and infringements) are handled directly by the local national offices.