Monday, 22 December 2014

IP policies in Africa no.48: Swaziland

Swaziland is a member of COMESA and thus subscribes to its IP Policy. According to a media report, the country has committed to finalising a national IP policy by 2020 (see here ). To this end, a workshop  entitled 'National Intellectual Property (IP) Policy Workshop: The Strategic use of IP for Technological Capacity Building, Economic Growth and Development' was hosted in Mbabane in May 2014 (see WIPO's Technical Assistance Database here). It is expected that drafts of the national IP policy will be publicly available in due course.

This is this Leo's last post of the year and since she's in jovial mood, she will share that she is on her way to visit her parents and the family's beloved matriarch in residence - her maternal grandmother MaNtshangase - who hails from the lovely pastures of Swaziland (what a lovely blogging coincidence). Merry Christmas and a blessed new year to all Afro-IP readers, or as granny would say, Sikufisela uKhisimusi lomuhle.
IP laws see the WIPOLex entry here
Kingsley's review of Swaziland's official IP websites here

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