Following last year's crushing disappointment that the International Trademark Association -- the world's biggest and most influential body of intellectual property owners and practitioners -- could find no room for a regional session on Africa (see Afro-IP here and here), I've just spotted that the organisation is calling for hosts in Africa for its Roundtable topics. This can be a great way to promote greater understanding of IP in Africa and to generate more involvement, perhaps leading to an increase in Africa's presence at INTA. The request for Roundtable hosts is here:
INTA seeks Roundtable hosts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East
INTA's International Roundtables are the perfect vehicle to trade thoughts with your peers, compare and learn new strategies, and address common issues and challenges facing the trademark and
intellectual property community, both globally and/or locally.
INTA is seeking hosts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East to participate in the Roundtable program. To volunteer to host a Roundtable or to obtain a copy of the host guidelines, email
Learn more at www.inta.org/roundtables
Meanwhile, does any reader of this blog know what provision has been made for an Africa session in the 2012 INTA Meeting which takes place next May in Washington DC? It would be good to hear from anyone who has been asked to give a paper. The earlier Afro Leo gets to hear of the Africa session, the sooner he can start campaigning for readers (from inside Africa and outside it too) to support it.