Intellectual Property Law and Africa: A look at global issues, including traditional knowledge
ALN Academy launched its Thought Leader’s Lecture with Dr Edward Kwakwa, Senior Director - Department of Traditional Knowledge and Global Challenges at WIPO, delivering his talk on Intellectual Property (IP) in Africa.
The lecture considered why IP is earmarked as a key enabler for the development of African states, and whether enough was being done to protect IP on the continent. He also elaborated on IP as it relates to global issues, public health, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions and the challenges surrounding protection of such IP and how IP rights belonging to Africans are being exploited without attribution or benefit to the owners. The lecture also covered the relevance of the amendment to Article 31 of TRIPS to Africa and WTO’s decision on Tobacco Plain Packaging.
We had in the audience: Elvine Apiyo Kenya’s Deputy Registrar of Trade Marks; Dr Henry Mutai, the former Managing Director of Kenya's Industrial Property Institute; Dr Marisella Ouma, the former Executive Director of the Kenya Copyright Board; and Dr Isaac Rutenburg, Senior Lecturer and head of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Technology at Strathmore University, all of whom added to the flow of ideas in tandem with the contributions from the wider audience.