Angola counts 27,000 processes to register brands and patents

14 July 2010

Luanda, Angola, 14 Jul – Angola currently counts 27,000 processes to register brands and patents, the director of the Angolan Industrial Property Institute said on Monday in Luanda.

Barros Licença indicated that 40 percent or 10,800 applications resulted in the respective titles being issued, while others were rejected for not meeting the registry criteria.

Some 80 percent of the total, or 21,600 processes, were registry applications from foreign brands meant to prevent abusive use of same, he said.

“Angola is a market where goods and products from various countries enter and as the foreign companies are the main holders of product brands, they have every reason to protect them,” Barros Licença told Angolan news agency Angop.

Awareness about registering property is extremely low in Angola, which leads to weak use of such services, he said.

He explained that registering is optional, but has the advantage of allowing holders to oppose undue use of same. If that happens, users can set state mechanisms in motion to defend their rights.

Barros Licença made his comments at the opening of a Luanda conference on intellectual property.

The two-day meeting was organised by the state’s supervisory and inspection institutions (overseen by various ministries) and attended by representatives from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), among others. (macauhub)