Tuesday, 9 December 2014

IP Policies in Africa no.43: Sierra Leone


WIPO reports (here) that it was involved in the launch of a national IP policy formulation process for Sierra Leone. The country's experience of the process was outlined at a WIPO Conference on the Role of Intellectual Property Offices (IPOs) in Promoting Innovation, Business Competitiveness and Economic Growth held in Tokyo, Japan in 2012 (read Osman KANU, Senior State Counsel's presentation here).  This Leo was unable to find any further information on the progress of this process. It is safe to say that it is as yet incomplete because WIPO's latest report on its national IP policy initiatives to the 14th session of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property held on 10 -14 November 2014 still refers only to the launching of the process ( see report, dated 28 October 2014, here).

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Sierra Leone's IP legislation - WIPOLex
IP Office website - Intellectual Property Registry, Office of the Administrator & Registrar General - here
Sierra Leone's new IP legislation and ARIPO feedback (2012)
A review of African official IP websites: no.42: Seychelles and no.43: Sierra Leone (2013)
WIPO Conference on the Role of Intellectual Property Offices (IPOs) in Promoting Innovation, Business Competitiveness and Economic Growth  (2012) - meeting documents here 

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