Friday, 7 March 2014

IP policies in Africa: no 16 Egypt

On her weekly (often fruitless) trek through Africa in search of  national IP policies, this Leo finds herself in Egypt today. Like many others we have visited in this series, the country does not have a national IP policy and its WIPOLex page  here only lists legislation.*  Not wanting to leave Afro-IP readers empty-handed, this Leo offers the following tidbits on the state of IP in Egypt:
Very interesting research has been completed on access to knowledge and IP and innovation in Egypt in the last few years e.g. Nagla Rizik and Lea Shaver (ed.s) Access to Knowledge in Egypt: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development, 2010 (download here) and Nagla Rizik 'From De Facto Commons to Digital Commons? The Case of Egypt’s Independent Music Industry' in de Beer et al Innovation & Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa, 2014 (download here).
* Thanks to Hafeni Ashimbonde for his research assistance
For Kingsley's findings on the web presence of the National IP offices see here and here
For the country's US Special 301 Report status see here  and for commentary on the 2013 Report see Krista Cox's views here and  Sean Flynn's comments here

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