September has been a busy month for OAPI. Friend of Afro-IP and intellectual property consultant, Aminou Ndala TITA, has summarised developments for us in three guest posts. The first reads as follows:
"OAPI celebrated, on the 12th and 13th of September, African technology and Intellectual Property day in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso under the patronage of the President of Burkina Faso. This event which has become so customary to OAPIs calendar is in its 15th edition. Celebrated under the theme "Intellectual Property and Food Security in Africa", the event was marked by various activities including: a series of panel discussions, exhibitions of inventions, sports. Also a caravan to raise awareness on intellectual property was carried in the streets of the capital.
The choice of this year’s theme was motivated by the recent accession of OAPI to the UPOV convention and this year’s AU summit on Agriculture and Food Security on the continent.
The event aimed, among other things, to increase public awareness on the importance of industrial property in the daily lives of Africans and to celebrate the creativity and the contribution of creators and innovators to the development of the society.
This celebration was also an opportunity by the organization to create a framework for dialogue between the various actors, including policy makers, entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, inventors, and members of civil society. Read full story here."
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