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World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Botswana places intellectual property at the core of is economic development, especially, its economic diversification strategy. Intellectual Property is protected under two legislations being; the Industrial Property Act (CAP 68:03) and the Copyright and Neighbouring rights Act (CAP 68:02).

The Industrial Property Act offer protection of trademarks, Patents, Utility Models and Industrial designs. This Act is being amended to include traditional knowledge, protection of layout designs of integrated circuits, and geographical indications. The Copyright and Neighbouring rights Act protects authors, artists and other creators for their literary and artistic creations, including novels, poems, plays, films, musical works, drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures.

At multilateral level, Botswana as a member of World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.

Core tasks

Botswana is a member of the following WIPO bodies:

For further reference:

 Botswana's Ministry of Trade and Industry

 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
      (information by country: Botswana)