Geographical Indications in Africa: Opportunities, Experiences and Challenges
(2016) 38(5) European Intelletual Property Review 290
30 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2017
Date Written: 2017
This article examines the opportunities and reasons for protecting, managing and promoting geographical origins, and the concrete experiences in protecting and using geographical indications in Africa, taking examples from selected African countries as well as highlighting the challenges that Africans have and will face in using such a tool. It discusses the findings of benchmarking studies commissioned by the World Intellectual Property Organization of agricultural products sourced from Burundi, Gambia, Uganda, Sudan and Tanzania, and reviews experiences in protecting and using origin indications in Africa and the challenges in protecting, managing and promoting geographical indications on the continent.
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