|Can you see this Leo on the left?|
He picked interest in some of the Eurocentric issues discussed or views shared at the event which, to his mind, serve as useful lessons when any other continental IP regime and/or institution is contemplated. These include complexities and questions surrounding whether important points of law or matters should be decided or handled by national courts or institutions or by a supranational entity and the impact of language and cultural differences.
How Mr Gurry started his response to question 2 arouses one of those moments when this Leo often finds himself thinking deep about the correlation between economic development and IP (respect and enthusiasm about the latter). For example, China's WTO status depends on whose camp you are on but she surpassed the United States, a clear-cut developed country, in terms of IP fillings according to WIPO's report in 2012. Yet China is still perceived as lacking respect for IP. (Does it really mean anything tangible to have the most IP fillings in the world? As China becomes richer with increased admiration for quality, and more technologically advanced, would she end up becoming a staunch guardian and evangelist of IPRs like the U.S?) Finally, if this Leo had learned of the TRIPS deadline extension decision before now (see previous Afro-IP post here), he would have obtained the view of WIPO's DG as well.
|Little Leo had a good time|
Afro-IP wishes the IPKat blog many more anniversaries. Keep an eye on the IPKat blog for the informative but fun PowerPoint slides plus the recording from the IPKat's 10th birthday party.
Before you import plants into Kenya read this here
For fair trade and flower farms in Kenya, see here
Is IP a power tool for economic development & wealth creation? see here
IP and access to clean energy technologies in developing countries, see here
For the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, see here
Not everyone is a fan of the Unitary Patent system in Europe, see here