A four-way seminar on "African Intellectual Property" was attended by twenty-two African States at Nairobi's City Hall this week.
A four-way seminar on "African Intellectual Property" was attended by twenty-two African States at Nairobi's City Hall this week. The Seminar, organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) was opened by Kenya's Vice President, Mr. Daniel Arap Moi, on Monday (16 October).
WIPO is a new International Organisation whose objects include the protection of intellectual property throughout the world. The African Seminar examined what the protection of patents, trademarks and copyright could do for the economic and cultural development of African States. The seminar also evaluated the effect of the participation of the African States in international agreements in the Intellectual property fields.
SYNOPSIS: The protection of "African Intellectual Property" and its effects on economic and cultural development was the theme of a four-day seminar in Nairobi this week. Twenty-three African states participated in the seminar opened by Kenya's Vice-President, Mr. Daniel Arap Moi, in Nairobi's City Hall.
The aim of the seminar was to examine what the protection of intellectual property - that includes patents, trademarks and copyright - could do for the economic and cultural development of the African States. Organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the seminar sought to explain its importance to the Africans. It was pointed out that such protection for patents was essential for the encouragement of local inventive spirit. Protection for copyright was explained as being necessary in order to encourage and reward local writers, composers, architects and artists.
Along with the African delegates, observers form several non-governmental international and National organisations participated. Each group held discussions on what forms of technical assistance WIPO could offer the African States.
The Director General of WIPO, Professor G.H.C. Bodenhausen, addressed the seminar appealing for closer co???acts between the African States and his organisation. Professor Bodenhausen asked each delegate to come forward with ideas and plans that may be relevant to the organisation's activities in Africa.