Monday, 10 October 2011

A to Z of African official IP websites no.17: Equatorial Guinea

Afro-IP's A-to-Z series of visits to the official IP websites of African states has run aground again, as yet another OAPI member state appears to have no online presence.  This time Kingsley Egbuonu visits the Republic of Equatorial Guinea:


Overview
Equatorial Guinea is a Contracting Party to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. It is also a member of the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI).
Copyright Office

  • The Council of Scientific and Technological Research (Presidency of the Government) is the office responsible for copyright and related rights in Equatorial Guinea.
  • Currently, this office has no web presence.
Industrial Property Office

  • The Council of Scientific and Technological Research (Presidency of the Government) is the competent office responsible for the administration of intellectual property rights in Equatorial Guinea.
  • Currently, this office has no web presence.
Conclusion

This is yet another example of an OAPI member without any presence online for its national office. The curiosity continues: is the OAPI system creating complacency among its members?

Kingsley tweets as @IPinAfrica

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