Here's a new development, involving French law firm INLEX:
INLEX AFRICA's website is here.
Because we wanted to be in the heart of the IP activity in Africa, we chose to open our office near the AIPO Office, in Yaoundé (Cameroon): Chapelle Essos, Yaounde 5th arrondissement, BP 25082, YAOUNDE, CAMEROON ..."
This blogger is always encouraged by the opening by foreign firms of offices in Africa: it's a sign that they see prospects of profit, which means that they are happy to invest in Africa in the expectation of getting a good return on their investment. More importantly, increased competition in any domestic market within Africa helps to keep fees down for users of local IP systems, improves career prospects of IP practitioners there and generally raises the standard of professional expertise all round.