Monday, 16 January 2012

A to Z of African official IP websites no.31: Mali

From Malawi to Mali is only a short journey for a blog editor, since you can get there just by deleting the "aw".  For Africa's online globetrotter Kingsley Egbuonu, the trip from the 30th to the 31st country on his schedule is rather more of a culture leap, from ARIPO to OAPI.  So what did Kingsley find in Mali? Read on:
Overview

Mali is a Contracting Party to a number of treaties on intellectual property, including the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Mali is also an OAPI member.

Copyright Office

• The Malian Copyright Office is the competent office responsible for copyright and related rights in Mali.

• The website for this office is www.bumda.cefib.com and it is in French.

Industrial Property Office

• The Centre for the Promotion of Industrial Property in Mali (Ministry of Economy, Industry and Trade) is the competent office responsible for the administration of intellectual property rights in Mali.

• This office has no website.

Social Media Presence

None.

Intellectual Property update in Mali

No recent update.

Conclusion

Unlike some of OAPI members seen so far, Mali at least has a website for its copyright office. It is our hope that Mali can build on this towards a better presence for its offices.
Kingsley tweets as @IPinAfrica

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