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Open A.I.R. researcher Helen Chuma-Okoro of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) presented on 27 Feb. at the American University Washington College of Law's "Reimagining IP/Gender" conference. Chuma-Okoro's presentation was entitled "Traditional Knowledge, Intellectual Property Protection, and Matriarchal Dominance: The Case of Traditional Textiles in South Western Nigeria."

The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), an accredited, peer-reviewed journal published by the LINK Centre at Wits University in Johannesburg, is calling for submissions (due 30 April 2015) to a Thematic Issue. The AJIC 2015 Thematic Issue will be entitled “African Intersections between IP Rights and Knowledge Access”. Go to Call for Submissions.

Open A.I.R. has released a Briefing Note and video looking at the network's research into potential use of geographical indications (Gis) to brand locally specific products -- such as certain Nigerian textile designs and particular varieties of Ethiopian coffee.

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