Current Realities of Collaborative Intellectual Property in Africa

J. de Beer, C. Armstrong, C. Oguamanam & T. Schonwetter, “Current Realities of Collaborative Intellectual Property in Africa” in J. de Beer et al, eds, The Collaborative Dynamics of Innovation and Intellectual Property in Africa (Cape Town: UCT Press, 2014), p. 373-94.

22 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2015 Last revised: 29 Sep 2015

Jeremy de Beer

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Chris Armstrong

University of the Witwatersrand - Faculty of Humanities

Chidi Oguamanam

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Tobias Schonwetter

University of Cape Town (UCT) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

The research in this publication shed new light on the diverse nature of innovation and creativity in African settings, and on the different IP policies and practices related to innovation and creativity on the continent. When linked with broader development objectives and models, these findings offer insights into the nature of IP-related dynamics in relation to innovation and creativity in Africa, and guidance towards IP policy and management possibilities. Section 2 of this publication looks at the modalities of innovation and creativity uncovered through the case studies. Section 3 examines collaborative IP approaches across the studies. Section 4 looks at the visions of socio-economic development explicitly or implicitly present in the contexts studied. Section 5 summarises findings in relation to the book’s three central themes: collaborative innovation and creativity, openness and IP. Section 6 concludes the book with recommendations to African policy-makers.

Keywords: Intellectual Property Rights, Sustainable Development, Innovation Studies

JEL Classification: O34, K11, N87

Suggested Citation

de Beer, Jeremy and Armstrong, Chris and Oguamanam, Chidi and Schonwetter, Tobias, Current Realities of Collaborative Intellectual Property in Africa (2014). J. de Beer, C. Armstrong, C. Oguamanam & T. Schonwetter, “Current Realities of Collaborative Intellectual Property in Africa” in J. de Beer et al, eds, The Collaborative Dynamics of Innovation and Intellectual Property in Africa (Cape Town: UCT Press, 2014), p. 373-94.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2659911

Jeremy De Beer (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Chris Armstrong

University of the Witwatersrand - Faculty of Humanities ( email )

1 Jan Smuts Avenune
Braamfontein
Johannesburg, 2000
South Africa

Chidi Oguamanam

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Tobias Schonwetter

University of Cape Town (UCT) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Private Bag
Rondebosch 7701
South Africa

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