A well-thought intellectual property strategy and an in-depth knowledge of available enforcement mechanisms are essential to the success of a company in Africa.
IPvocate Africa is pleased to share the following article on The real problems of fakes in Africa by Marius Schneider, Nora Ho Tu Nam and Vanessa Ferguson and published by the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. You can freely access the article here: https://academic.oup.com/jiplp/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jiplp/jpaa023/5818119?guestAccessKey=93efba7e-8451-4fcc-8ad9-4b51c04f5a00
The article sets out the factors which enable counterfeiting and piracy in Africa and the various continental initiatives to protect and value IP rights on the continent. The article also provides practical advice and tips for rights holders.
This article is a revised version of the introductory chapter of the recently published Oxford University Press publication Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Africa written by Marius Schneider and Vanessa Ferguson and which is available at https://global.oup.com/academic/product/enforcement-of-intellectual-property-rights-in-africa-9780198837336?cc=gb&lang=en.