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At Rouse Africa, we understand the importance of a well strategised approach to your business's IP development.

  • In conjunction with our team in the Middle East, we’ve got more than a decade’s experience on the continent and a comprehensive network of Intellectual Property associates in every jurisdiction. We have extensive combined knowledge of IP in Africa and understand the different complexities and requirements in individual African countries.
  • IP Karibu - dedicated Africa blog

  • All the latest IP news coming direct from our specialists throughout Africa.
  • The blog is regularly updated with news about cases which could impact our clients as well as regulatory, economic and political changes.
  • A to Z Guide - our guide to IP in Africa

  • Let us lead you on a tour of Africa, a new frontier for global IP. In our A to Z guide, we unveiled the latest developments in African IP, as well as provide an insight to the economic, social and cultural complexities of Africa's flourishing economies.

Our offices

  • Office 201
  • Albion Springs
  • Main Road
  • Rondebosch
  • Cape Town
  • South Africa
  • 7700
Find out about Filing Requirements and Regional Arrangements in Africa

Service specific information

Trade mark filings in Africa are actually doubling year on year, and according to the World Intellectual Property Organisation, global IP activity in 2014 grew by 9% for patents and 6.4% for trade marks. We have extensive experience in all aspects of trade mark filing and prosecution in Africa, and advise on trade mark strategy for some of the largest companies in the world across the automotive, financial services and electronics sectors amongst others.

We handle African trade mark registrations in individual African countries, as well as regional African filing systems such as OAPI and ARIPO.

The volume of patent applications that we file in Africa is increasing by an average of 40% each year, mostly focused in the ARIPO and OAPI countries. We look after patent issues for a number of international organisations from the online technology, pharmaceutical/biotech, financial services and other sectors.

Our services include searches, legal opinions, filing and prosecution, renewals, patent portfolio management, enforcement of rights, drafting licence agreements and recording licences.

We assist clients in protecting their designs in Africa; filing registered designs, industrial designs and utility model applications, as well as handling recordals and renewals.

We handle all aspects of domain name registrations, renewals and disputes in African countries for a wide range of international clients.