Friday 7 March 2014


African IP discussed at the 2014 International Patent Forum (18 - 19 March 2014)

Diverting attention from recent events (e.g. here and here) heavily imparted by 24/7 media, Afro-IP wishes to gently remind its readers that the Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London, will be hosting the 2014 International Patent Forum in 10 days time. This two-day event will feature, on 19th March, a session discussing intellectual property and related commercial issues from the African continent.

Economic overview and regional hubs: How to navigate Africa’s diverse business regions

• Analysis of Africa’s four regional economic hubs
• Cultural differences and implications for your business
• A guide to best protect your IP in Africa’s diverse regions

Speakers are

  • Nicky Weimar, senior economist, Nedbank Group Economic Unit
  • Christopher Kiige, chief patent examiner, ARIPO
  • Nicky Garnett, partner, Adams & Adams
  • Russell Bagnall, partner, Adams & Adams

To entice you, Managing IP Magazine is offering Afro-IP readers discounted tickets plus a generally relevant agenda which can be found here. Looking at the entire event programme, this Leo is convinced that some of the issues discussed are either currently taking place in some form or might be witnessed - years down the line - in a handful of countries on the continent. Better to have an idea of what to expect, from this dynamic and internationally connected area of law and practice, than not.



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