The ARIPO trade mark system is governed by the Banjul Protocol on marks. 10 of the 19 ARIPO member states are members of the Banjul Protocol, namely Botswana, Liberia, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, São Tomé & Principe, Swaziland, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
It is possible to designate any or all of the member states under a single trade mark application using the ARIPO system.
It is important to note that not all countries who are signatories to the Banjul Protocol have amended their national legislation to incorporate ARIPO enabling provisions and the enforceability of ARIPO registrations in the countries that have not yet done so are therefore questionable.
ARIPO follows a multi-class filing system and recognises both goods and services classes in terms of the 11th edition of the Nice Classification.