The International Society for Patent Information Professionals
Stephen Adams, Magister Ltd.
In economic terms, Africa is coming awake. Despite political difficulties, the continent has the
potential to grow enormously in the next decade, fuelled by reserves of oil, gold and strategic
minerals, as well as being a major supplier of agricultural commodities. The IP regimes in Africa
are largely TRIPS-compliant on paper, and are beginning to develop in order to better serve
local industry as well as international applicants. This workshop will attempt to review the
patenting procedures for African countries, the current state of coverage of patent information
from the 54 sovereign states on the continent, and provide a survey as to what patent offices
themselves are starting to make available to the general public.
Edlyn Simmons' Workshop on Current Patent Law can be added at a discount when registering for this workshop..