Monday, 21 November 2011

A to Z of African official IP websites no.23: Guinea

Can this really be the 23rd week that Afro-IP's intrepid web-explorer Kingsley Egbuonu has battled through the undergrowth of the internet in search of an online presence for the intellectual property offices of Africa's many and varied nations? Well it is, and this week it is the turn of Guinea to reveal, sadly, that its IP office does not appear to be plugged into the internet. Kingsley reports his findings here:

Overview
Guinea is a member of the OAPI and a contracting party to a number of international agreements on intellectual property; these include: the Paris Convention, the Berne Convention and the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization.
 Copyright Office

  • The Guinean Copyright Office (Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture) is the competent office responsible for copyright and related rights in Guinea.

  • Currently, this office has no web presence.
 Industrial Property Office(s)

  • The National Service of Industrial Property (Ministry of Trade, Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises) is responsible for the administration of intellectual property rights in Guinea.

  • Currently, this office has no web presence.
 Social Media Presence
None
 Conclusion
Like most members of the OAPI club, Guinea is yet to establish a web presence for its IP office(s). Perhaps IP is not on its development agenda and it is also often the case that a lack of web presence means less activity in the area of IP on the ground.
Kingsley tweets as @IPinAfrica

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