Discussion: IP trends in Africa
The Asia of tomorrow or boom and bust?
The African continent is one of the most difficult regions to protect and enforce IP rights even though it is increasingly becoming important for IP owners to obtain adequate and sufficient IP protection in many African jurisdictions. There are uncertainties in this region with a question often asked being whether or not Africa will ever see a real economic boom that was seen in Asia over the past half-century. The answer to this question is uncertain, although provision should be made by IP owners for this possibility. In this session, we explore the latest developments in key issues that impact the convenience to IP owners to file in Africa: digitization, skills development at IPO’s and the expansion and effectiveness of IP treaties.
Mr. Christophe van Zyl, Head of Dennemeyer’s Africa Practice Group and partner, Dennemeyer & Associates South Africa leads the session on Dec. 7 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.