By joining the wider intellectual property community in West Africa and around the world, Cape Verde has made it easier to defend IP rights within the country and possibly improved its business climate.
Cape Verde has joined two international intellectual property agreements, measures that will allow inventors in the country greater security for their patents abroad, while foreign nationals will be able to protect their IP within Cape Verde.
On 6 April the country’s government submitted its accession to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
The filing of the documents of accession was done at a ceremony between World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) director general Daren Tang and Cape Verde foreign minister Rui Alberto de Figueiredo Soares.
From 6 July this year, Cape Verdean inventors will be able to apply for patents via the PCT, while foreigners will be able to protect their patents within Cape Verde through the treaty.
Cape Verde follows Iraq as the second nation to join PCT this year, while Jamaica was the sole joiner in 2021. Djibouti was the last African country to join, in 2016. The last African country to join the Paris Convention, was Angola in 2007.
It follows Cape Verde becoming the 22nd member state of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) in February this year. Membership allows inventors in other ARIPO member states to apply their patent, industrial design, trademark and other IP rights in Cape Verde.
These measures should make protection of patent rights more affordable in Cape Verde and make the country more appealing to foreign investors.