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Doing It Different: Shaping African Knowledge Society under the Influence of Bilateral Intellectual Property Standards

Doing It Different: Shaping African Knowledge Society under the Influence of Bilateral Intellectual Property Standards
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Author(s): Owais Hassan Shaikh (International Max Planck Research School for Innovation and Competition, Germany) and Yifat Nahmias (Private Lawyer, Israel)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 17
Source title: Impacts of the Knowledge Society on Economic and Social Growth in Africa
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lloyd G. Adu Amoah (Ashesi University, Ghana & Strategy3, Ghana)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5844-8.ch004

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Abstract

This chapter highlights the current developments in the area of intellectual property having direct consequence for the prospects of Africa's knowledge society. Even though African countries, especially the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), have not yet faced pressure from the EU, US, and EFTA for higher intellectual property standards, the situation may change soon with the imminent deadline for conclusion of Economic Partnership Agreements in 2014, the lapse of Africa Growth and Opportunities Act in 2015, and the expiry of the Cotonou Agreement in 2020. African countries will be well advised to decouple trade and intellectual property issues by promoting interregional trade or trade with other developing countries that do not demand TRIPS-Plus protection. They must also negotiate intellectual property within the ambit of the WTO.

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