IP in Africa: Project Africa


Sarah Morgan

IP in Africa: Project Africa

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Despite inconsistent legal systems in the continent, WIPR’s Sarah Morgan finds some organisations fighting to put IP firmly on Africa’s agenda.

As the second largest continent, with a land area of 11.7 million square miles, it’s no surprise that Africa is a melting pot of cultures, communities and different IP laws. 

Across Africa, nations may take disparate approaches to IP but all are using a multi-faceted approach to boost the use and understanding of this valuable kind of protection.

With 106 members, the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Madrid Protocol is perhaps the perfect example of coordination and harmonisation.

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