Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation: Assessing Regional Integration in Africa (Aria VIII)

32 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2017  

Caroline B. Ncube

University of Cape Town

Tobias Schonwetter

University of Cape Town (UCT) - Faculty of Law

Chidi Oguamanam

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Jeremy de Beer

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

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Date Written: May 5, 2017

Abstract

To assist trade policymakers in the development of a framework, this paper explores IP issues, perspectives, and priorities related to both the CFTA and PAIPO. It suggests that process and substance issues are each important to create fair and balanced IP systems on the continent that stimulate innovation, growth, and competition. To this end, the paper’s suggested framework draws significantly on the Max Planck Principles for Intellectual Property Provisions in Bilateral and Regional Agreements, 8 (the Principles for IP Provisions, or just Principles) adapted for a distinctly African context.

Keywords: egional integration, international law, intellectual property, development, continental free trade agreement, WIPO, WTO, ARIPO, OAPI, PAIPO, trade, harmonization

JEL Classification: K11, K29, K42, K49, K33, O31, O33

Suggested Citation

Ncube, Caroline B. and Schonwetter, Tobias and Oguamanam, Chidi and de Beer, Jeremy, Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation: Assessing Regional Integration in Africa (Aria VIII) (May 5, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3078997 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3078997

Caroline B. Ncube

University of Cape Town ( email )

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Tobias Schonwetter

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

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Rondebosch 7701
South Africa

Chidi Oguamanam (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

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Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Jeremy De Beer

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

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