Monday 13 March 2017

Afro Chic

INTA 2017 and Africa IP Collide in Fashion

As INTA hits Europe in May for its annual general meeting, it’s worthwhile considering what it has in store for the Africa Regional Update. This update is important because it offers the 10,000 odd delegates a chance to apprise themselves of what’s hot (and what’s not) on the continent from speakers and attendees who are mostly from Africa.

Afro-Chic has taken the mantle of providing information and coverage of this much awaited session. This year the update is moderated by Nolwazi Gcaba who has compiled a panel that will use African fashion to highlight strategic approaches and pitfalls to brand protection and enforcement on the continent.

Speaking to Afro-IP recently Nolwazi explained that “Africa is abundant with creativity and design, and opportunities for local and international brand owners. Yet, sometimes the perception is that African IP is not up to the task. The update seeks to address and correct that perception by profiling IP strategies in one of Africa’s most vibrant industries”.

The regional update is at 15h30 – 16h45 on Monday 22 May 2017 and will be followed immediately by the Africa Reception between 17h00 – 18h00. If you are interested in African IP, block out these two and half hours and encourage as many as you can to come along.

Please look out for more information on the Africa session in the coming weeks from me, Afro-Chic. In the meantime, here it is straight from the program:

RM50 Regional Update: Protection and Enforcement Strategies in Africa
Speakers who practice across the continent will share their views and give updates on:

  • Recent ground-breaking case law in Africa.
  • The effectiveness of the Madrid Protocol in Africa and the implementation thereof by the African Registries.
  • Anti-counterfeiting strategies in Africa, focusing on jurisdictions without counterfeit goods legislation.

Nolwazi Gcaba, Adams & Adams

Godfrey Budeli, Adams & Adams

Vanessa Ferguson, Kisch IP 
Monique Gieskes, Vlisco Netherlands B.V. 
Darren Olivier, Adams & Adams

Africa Reception

This reception provides registrants from Africa with an invaluable opportunity to network with colleagues and share experiences concerning the benefits and challenges of doing business in the region. This reception provides an opportunity to meet with INTA’s CEO and other INTA staff.

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