Changes1.Publication reference




3.Programme title

Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) Action for Africa


Contribution Agreement between the European Commission and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

5.Contracting Authority

European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), Alicante, SPAIN

6.Nature of contract


7.Contract description

The Action will contribute to supporting the AfCFTA specifically for the preparation of the second round of negotiations which concerns the protocols on investment, intellectual property rights and competition policy (including geographical indications). The implementing agency is looking for 4 IPR experts and 2 support staff to be working full time in the implementation of the action during 4 years. The experts are expected to work on all type of IPRs (trade marks, designs, patents, copyrights, geographical indications and plant varieties), including trade negotiations, adoption of international treaties, enforcement and awareness. Experts will be based in Zimbabwe, Cameroun and Ethiopia and required to implement activities in all African countries. Further details of the action can be found in the following link.

8.Indicative budget

Maximum indicative budget: 2 194 500 EUR

9.Intended timing of publication of the contract notice

February 2020

10.Additional information


11.Legal basis(1)

Regulation (EU) No 236/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.3.2014 laying down common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union's instruments for financing external action and the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) — See Annex A2 of the Practical Guide.

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(1) Please state any specificity that might have an impact on rules on participation (such as geographic or thematic or long/short term).


There must be a minimum period of 30 calendar days between the publication of this prior information notice and the publication of the corresponding contract notice.

No applications or requests for information should be sent at this stage.

Publication Date2019-12-06
Procurement StatusFuture
TypeNot applicable
Contract TypeServices
Award CriteriaNot applicable
OrganisationEuropean Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
Class Code71356200
Class DescriptionTechnical assistance services
SourceOffice for Official Publications of the European Communities - Tenders electronic daily (Ted)

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