Friday, 6 February 2009

EAC protocol by April!

East Africa Community member states on Wednesday opened talks on the rules governing the proposed common market, raising hopes that their citizens may soon move and trade freely across the borders. East African Community (EAC) deputy secretary-general Julius Onen said a protocol for the establishment of the common market would be ready for signing in April. (Daily Monitor)

Such a development is likely to require harmonised IP laws across the region in a similar fashion to that implemented by the European Community through, for example, their Haromization Directive on trade marks. It will be interesting to see progress of this protocol. For more info from Afro-IP on the EAC click here.

It can be a whole lot of fun "writing" the EAC...

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