This Leo is left wondering: considering the economic potential of Nigeria's entertainment industry, is it worthwhile exploring an independent alternative dispute resolution service or even, establishing a copyright tribunal? Maybe something exists; will be good to know.
Sierra Leone: ARIPO on a mission
South Africa II: Propanc's patent application granted
Although there are many more that we don't often hear about (not that we need to as it won't surprise anyone), this Leo has picked out from MarketWatch's article that Propanc has already obtained a South African patent for its latest endeavours in cancer treatment. A little dig around its website tells us, among others, that, Propanc is building an IP portfolio (which it co-owns with the University of Bath) around our scientific understanding of the effects of proenzymes in cancer, identifying new formulations, new routes of administration and potential new therapeutic targets.
The company is also looking at building much-needed credibility within the scientific community. To see the UK IPO's guide to IP in R&D and knowledge transfer activities between companies and publicly-funded research organisations (e.g. universities), see here; for University of Bath's IP policy, is here.
Events you might be interested in:
Arbitration looks like it's on the rise and rise across the African continent - thanks to those who do not wish to get bogged down by the arduous civil justice system, among other reasons. The IT/telecoms industry in Africa is growing and IP arbitration might soon become common. Anyway, if you're in Kampala, Uganda, from 13 - 14 June, there is a conference on international commercial arbitration. More details can be found here.