Press release | 2010-07-28 08:55:40

inovia Extends Foreign Patent Filing Services into Africa with Addition of ARIPO

inovia, the leading foreign filing platform provider, announced today that it is now offering PCT national stage entry into the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO). ARIPO comprises 16 member states and extends inovia’s foreign filing capabilities to 79 countries. The company welcomes the law firm of Spoor & Fisher to its global agent network.

"We are delighted to add ARIPO to our foreign patent filing capabilities," said David Nelson, CEO of inovia. "Africa’s collective GDP, at $1.6 trillion in 2008, is on par with Brazil or Russia and our clients are seeking cost-effective patent protection in this growing region."

inovia’s 2010 U.S. IP Trends Report found nearly 80% of US applicants currently do or plan to file into the BRIC countries this year; the company expects patent filing into ARIPO to increase substantially in the coming years to match that of BRIC filing.

Craig Kahn, a partner at Spoor & Fisher, comments, "We are proud to join inovia’s agent network and facilitate PCT national stage entry into ARIPO for their clients. Established in South Africa in 1920, Spoor & Fisher is the ideal IP partner when working in Africa."

About Spoor & Fisher

Spoor & Fisher has been a specialist IP firm since its formation in 1920. The firm provides legal services throughout Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, and has a proud tradition of having been involved in many of the leading patent, trademark and copyright cases in South Africa. Spoor & Fisher has offices in Jersey (Channel Islands), Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria, in South Africa. The firm specializes in all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, copyright and designs, related litigation, commercial transactions, due diligence and portfolio management.

About inovia

inovia is the global leader in foreign patent filing, having served more than 1,500 clients. Its global instruction platform,, simplifies the PCT national stage entry, direct (Paris Convention) filing and European validation processes. inovia, a member of the RWS Group, has headquarters in New York, offices in London, Munich and Sydney, and agents covering over 130 countries, providing support in all major time zones and IP jurisdictions. inovia's patented technology pioneered online foreign filing and is recognized among WIPO's most notable inventions. For more information visit and follow the company on Twitter @inoviaIP.


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