Monday 18 February 2013


A review of African official IP websites: no. 32: Mauritania

Despite the disappointing news that Mauritania is yet to consider intellectual property (IP) to be that important to warrant a website for its IP office, it seems oil is a better value proposition as Tullow finds something to explore. 

In other news:
Forget IPRs and access to medicine or education; let us talk about IPRs and access to essential technology to tackle climate change. This Leo has learned that the representatives of African Civil Society Organizations and Networks under the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), have expressed concerns about the climate change negotiations in Doha last year (COP18/CMP8) and its implications for African countries. In a recent meeting in Kenya, they cautioned African governments against the new commitments and stated their position on IPRs and the technological aspect of climate change at paragraph 5:

"Developed countries must remove intellectual property rights, pay full incremental costs of technology transfer to protect developing countries and contribute for peaking and declining of global emissions. We oppose efforts to sell rather than transfer appropriate technologies, or to strengthen rather than relax intellectual property rights.

Developed and developing countries should support the adoption and development of indigenous and locally innovated technology as well as ensuring efficiency in technology transfer and deployment."

Comments welcomed as usual.
Technologies and for Climate Change and Technology: Issues for Small Developing Countries, see here 
The Doha Deadlock: Intellectual Property and Climate Change, see here
Summary of Doha Climate Change Conference, see here



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