Japan Funds-In-Trust for Industrial Property – Africa & LDCs

Japan FIT/IP – Africa & LDCs supports technical assistance and capacity building in the field of industrial property in Africa and least developed countries (LDCs). The fund was established in 2008, following the adoption of recommendations under the WIPO Development Agenda.

Since 2008, the government of Japan annually contributed 1.1 million CHF to the fund, which is administered by the Regional Bureau for Africa at WIPO. In 2015 this amount increased to 1.6 million CHF. Projects under Japan FIT/IP – Africa & LDCs are developed and implemented in coordination with the Japan Patent Office.

Japan FIT/IP – Africa & LDCs has three main objectives:

  • To increase awareness of the importance of the industrial property system for economic and technological development and to increase awareness of the benefits of effectively using the system.
  • To assist developing countries in establishing or strengthening their industrial property laws and institutions.
  • To foster the development of capacities in the administration and use of the industrial property system. This takes place in close cooperation with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI).

Useful documents/links

A trainee shares her knowledge with other basket weavers in a village
(Photo: WIPO)

Baskets and Branding in Kenya

Thanks to support from WIPO, this community of basket weavers has come together to form an association, acquire a collective mark and develop their livelihoods.

The funds at work

A high-level meeting of African parliamentarians under the auspices of Japan FIT/IP
(Photo: WIPO)

Events for key IP actors

Japan FIT/IP – Africa & LDCs contributes to organizing fora at which policy-makers, law-makers, officials from IP offices, or representatives from the private sector can discuss IP policies and IP-related development issues.

(Photo: WIPO)

Modernizing IP offices

Japan FIT/IP – Africa & LDCs undertakes modernization projects to help bring the operations and services of national and regional IP offices into the digital age.

(Photo: WIPO)

Building capabilities and capacities

Japan FIT/IP – Africa & LDCs supports diverse education, training, and research opportunities, including scholarships for WIPO-supported Master’s degree programs in Intellectual Property (MIP).