In case you did not have the opportunity to pay close attention to IP issues on the continent in 2012, this traditional First January Post below lists the some of the most popular posts and topics of discussion during last year and provides a general overview of activity on the blog during 2012. The post also bids a temporary farewell to a long standing stalwart of the Afro-IP team and introduces a new blogger to help cover the East African region.
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- Debate over the Africa IP Summit and its late cancellation
- Africa and INTA – no excuses! - a rallying call, or growl, from Jeremy
- Kingsley’s ever popular weekly review (especially Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Algeria)
- News about Burundi Official fees and Rwanda’s CCTLD legislation
- A surprise debate – the emergence (or not) of PAIPO
- Sad news about the death of a Kenyan IP lawyer in a shooting
- The views on business method patents in Kenya
- Thought provoking decisions in Nigeria, Kenya (and here), Zambia and South Africa
- How the Swiss just love biltong so much, the feel they own it
- 10 Reasons to adopt EU approach to the trade mark oppositions and infringement
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Belated best wishes and happy blogging into 2013!