Protection of Property Rights

Mauritania is a member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency-MIGA (which protects foreign investment against political risks) and the African Organization of Intellectual Property (OAPI). Member states of the OAPI agreed to honor intellectual property rights principles and to establish uniform procedures of implementation. International agreements include the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, the Hague Convention for the Registration of Designs and Industrial Models, the Lisbon Convention for the Protection and International Registration of Original Trade Names, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the Washington Treaty on Patents, and the Vienna Treaty on the Registration of Trade Names. Mauritania signed and ratified the WTO TRIPS (Trade Role on Intellectual Property and Service) agreement in 1994, but it has yet to implement it. The government also signed and ratified the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties in 1976.