Monday, 23 January 2012

A to Z of African official IP websites no.32: Mauritania

This week Afro-IP's A to Z trek through the  official websites of African nations reaches the sandy expanses of Mauritania, where Kingsley Egbuonu has little to cheer us up with.  Kingsley reports:
Overview

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

Copyright Office

• The Cultural Cooperation and Intellectual Property Department is the competent office responsible for copyright and related rights in Mauritania. 
• The office has no website.

Industrial Property Office

• The Directorate of Industry (Ministry of Industry and Mines) is the competent office responsible for the administration of intellectual property rights in Mauritania.
• This office has no website.

Social Media Presence

None.

Intellectual Property update in Mauritania

No recent update.

Conclusion

A Mauritanian citizen turned his business idea into a success story, thanks to intellectual property. Yet Mauritania -- like some members of the OAPI-- does not have a web presence for its IP office(s) to enlighten its citizens on the use of IP.
Afro-IP hopes that Mauritania can see IP as a tool to economic and social development.

Kingsley tweets as @IPinAfrica

1 comment:

Dalindyebo Shabalala said...

In all fairness, Mauritania, as a member of OAPI runs the majority of its IP office work through OAPI. Most OAPI states leave a significant amount of the processing to OAPI. However, I agree it also seems to mean they abdicate the policy part, especially the function of tech transfer.