Towards Intellectual Property Rights Harmonisation in Africa

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The high-level panel brought together key stakeholders to discuss the current intellectual property rights (IPRs) landscape in Africa. Three central issues that the panellists will address are the fragmented IPRs systems on the continent and attempts at harmonisation, the IP Protocol in the AfCFTA, and the state of the Pan-African Intellectual Property Organisation (PAIPO). The PAIPO concept paper was published in 2006. The African Union adopted the PAIPO Statute in 2016. Sierra Leone signed the Statute in 2016, Ghana in 2017, and Comoros in 2018. PAIPO is scheduled to enter into force after the 15th ratification instrument is deposited with the African Union Commission. Panellists Mr Million Habte: Coordinator, Intellectual Property Rights Negotiations, AfCFTA. African Union Commission. Mr Denis L. Bohoussou: Director-General, African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI). Mr Fernando dos Santos: Director-General, African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO). Ms Uche Nwokocha: Partner, Aluko & Oyebode. Prof. Adejoke Oyewunmi: Professor of Intellectual Property, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. Prof. Johnson Ekpere: Former Executive Secretary and Head of Mission, African Union Commission, Scientific, Technical and Research Commission. Co-Moderators Dr Titilayo Adebola and Mr Sand Mba Kalu: Executive Director, Africa International Trade & Commerce Research.
Period2 Jul 2020
Event typeSeminar
Degree of RecognitionInternational