The Zimbabwe Institute of Trade Mark and Patent Agents (Zipta) is a non profit organisation that exists to raise awareness about Intellectual Property Rights. We are established in terms of the Patents and Trade Marks Act (Sections 64 and Section 60 respectively). Our membership comprises of legal practitioners who are engaged in the profession of patent and trade mark agents in Zimbabwe In an increasingly competitive world, intellectual property has become the defining asset with which progressive companies, organisations and even individuals define themselves. We work in tandem with local, regional and global stakeholders and are ready to assist you in your quest to understand intellectual property more.


According to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. IP is protected in law by, for example, patents, copyright and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create. By striking the right balance between the interests of innovators and the wider public interest, the IP system aims to foster an environment in which creativity and innovation can flourish.

Adapted from ZIPTA, ARIPO & WIPO publications.

World IP Day 2018

VENUE: Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) 11 Natal Road Harare Theme: Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity Master of Ceremony: Mrs Susan Mwiti   Time Program 09:45 – 10:00 Arrival and Entertainment 10:00 – 10:10...

BMatanga IP Attorneys Are Roaring

The 18th of January 2018 marked the start of a unique journey where the African Intellectual Property and innovation story is told by Africans themselves. The project was launched through a Facebook Live broadcast in Dubai which featured two IP Experts from Zimbabwe...


The “happy birthday to you” song that is sang at birthday celebrations around the world was copyrighted in 1935. In 2008 alone, the copyright owner was paid $5 000 a day ($2 million a year) for rights to use the song. Intellectual Property is all around us…