This week in review … Establishment of Pan-African IP Organization delayed

9 12 2008

Delay to intellectual property plan for Africa

SciDev.Net, 4 December 2008

ABUJA, NIGERIA: A blueprint for a pan-African organisation that would promote cooperation on intellectual property issues was sent back to the drawing board this week, dashing hopes that it could be signed off by presidents in January. The decision to revise the plan was made by the steering committee of the African Ministerial Council for Science and Technology (AMCOST) bureau, which met in Abuja, Nigeria, from 3–4 December. African science ministers had agreed to establish a Pan-African Intellectual Property Organisation (PAIPO) in the run-up to an African presidential meeting in January 2007. Among other things, it is hoped that the organisation will promote the protection of traditional knowledge and genetic resources. Read the article …

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