Mozambicans registered around 2,200 brands and patents in 2005

1 September 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 01 Sept – Mozambique’s Industrial Property Institute (IPIM) registered around 2,200 brands and patents last year, the director of the institute, Fernando dos Santos, told Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

Santos said that the number represented a growth trend as Mozambican economic agents try to protect the ownership of their goods and services, but pointed out that there were still key sectors of the economy that were not making full use of this tool.

“We have found that strategic areas of our country are still not using this system appropriately. The areas of fishing, cotton, cashew and tobacco, for example, which are areas in which we have world class competitiveness levels, are not yet using the industrial property system,” said Santos, speaking at a press conference at the Maputo International Fair Thursday.

The president of IPIM acknowledged that the idea of industrial property is recent in the country and is not always entirely understood by those who may potentially benefit.

“Many people think that the Institute is related to industry, but the registration of brands and patents is also a mechanism for protecting the trading sector,” said Santos.

The director of IPIM also said that his institution had increased its efforts to publicize the message that industrial property is not only for protection, but also serves to add value to ideas and creations.

“If we look at industrial property in this way, we will not limit ourselves to the issue of registration. We will use it as an instrument to promote innovation and competitiveness,” he concluded. (macauhub)