The Africa IP SME Helpdesk supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the European Union (EU) to both protect and enforce their Intellectual Property (IP) rights in/or relating to Africa by providing free information and services. These comprise jargon-free, first-line, confidential advice on intellectual property and related issues, as well as training, materials and online resources.
Find more information about the team, partners and the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Our Intellectual Property experts provide professional, confidential and tailor-made answers to your IP-related questions within a maximum of 3 working days
IP Resources Library
This library provides open-access IP materials especially designed for EU SMEs doing business in Africa
Phone Number: Europe (Spain): +34 96 513 9810
Opening hours: Monday to Friday – 8:30 to 18:30 (CET/CEST)
Africa - Latest News
A comprehensive manual on GIs in Africa has been developed by several experts under the Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation project in Africa (AfrIPI).
The topic of world IP day this year is "IP and Youth: Innovating for a better future". Check out here how the young entrepreneurs and creators are can receive help in protecting their intellectual property in China, South East Asia, India and Latin America!
On Wednesday 9 March 2022, the Africa IP SME Helpdesk is organising a webinar, ‘Guide to IP protection in Nigeria for EU SMEs’.
On 1 February 2022, Newton Media, UK Limited, the publisher of the World IP Review (WIPR), hosted a webinar titled AfrIPI: Supporting African IP Rights policy, Intra-African Trade and European SMEs' Investments in Africa.
On 14-18 February, the AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform will organise a series of meetings as a side event at the European Union - African Union Summit 2022.
All of the six regional IP Helpdesks – focussing on Europe, South-East Asia, China, Latin America, India and Africa, respectively – will be participating in the EU Industry Days and the EU Industry Week 2022 with a variety of activities.