Seminar on intellectual property underway in Windhoek

18 May 2016 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 18 MAY (NAMPA) – The African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) wants to see more Namibian innovators and entrepreneurs benefiting from the intellectual property system, its director-general Fernando dos Santos says.
Speaking at an ARIPO seminar in Windhoek on Monday, Dos Santos said since Namibia joined the organisation 13 years ago 11 patents; four industrial designs and two trademarks have been filed by Namibian nationals, some involving building elements such as building blocks.
ARIPO is an intergovernmental organisation which deals with cooperation among African states on patent and other intellectual property matters. The four-day seminar started on Monday and is being held under the theme ‘Promoting the Harambee Prosperity Plan through Intellectual Property’.
“This seminar is organised at a time when the country is thriving in promoting the Harambee Prosperity Plan. As the plan highlights, one of its pillar is economic transformation, which focuses on local value addition.
“Intellectual property can play a decisive role in the success of this plan: the use of marks, industrial designs and geographical indication to name just a few, can add value to the innovation and creativity potential of Namibian entrepreneurs,” Dos Santos said.
The plan outlines Government's planned developmental activities for the next four years and is built on five pillars - effective governance and service delivery; economic advancement; social progression; infrastructure development; and international relations and cooperation.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Gabriel Sinimbo said the ministry is equally deliberate in its pursuit to ensure that intellectual property contributes to the eradication of poverty, employment creation and economic transformation.
The seminar was organised by ARIPO in cooperation with the Namibian Government; the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).
It is amongst others being attended by staff from various government institutions; business people and representatives of the local music and film industry.