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JPO Strengthens Cooperative Activities in IP Fields to Help Achieve Sustainable Economic Growth in African Countries

- Results of Seminar on IP Support to Startups in Africa and One-on-One meetings -

February 21, 2020

Aiming to support African startups from the perspective of intellectual property (IP), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), jointly with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), held an event titled “Seminar on IP Support to Startups in Africa and One-on-One meetings,” by bringing together the representatives of governmental organizations* and startups** in Africa.

1. Background

Aiming to contribute to independent development and sustainable growth of the African economy, the JPO has proactively been providing support measures to African countries in such fields as human resource development and informatization from the standpoints of enhancing the protection and enforcement of IP rights.

As part of this effort, aiming to provide IP-based support measures to African startups, from February 18 (Tue.) to 20 (Thur.), 2020, the JPO, jointly with WIPO and JETRO, held a “Seminar on IP Support to Startups in Africa and One-on-One meetings,” by bringing together the representatives of governmental organizations and startups in Africa.

2. Convening the seminar

From February 18 (Tue.) to 19 (Wed.), 2020, the JPO held a Seminar on IP Support to Startups in Africa, aiming to share recognition of the importance of IP for startups and contribute to planning measures for supporting startups and SMEs in African countries.

On the first day of the event, the JPO explained its measures targeting governmental organizations and startups in Africa, and on the second day, it explained best practices of leading startups taking advantage of IP, including case examples of startup support measures, which targeted governmental organizations in Africa.

3. Convening the business matching

From February 19 (Wed.) and 20 (Thur.), 2020, JETRO held a business seminar and One-on-One meetings, aiming to match Japanese companies intending to develop business in Africa and startups in Africa.

Notes:

*1. Countries from which governmental organizations were invited and invited regional organizations
Organizations supporting startups in Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Tunisia as well as the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI)

**2. Countries from which startups were invited
Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Tunisia

Division in Charge

International Cooperation Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, JPO