The Intellectual Property Treaty Landscape in Africa, 1885 to 2015

By Jeremy de Beer, Jeremiah Baarbé, and Caroline Ncube
Publication Date: 5 May 2017

This paper maps the 130-year history of the IP treaty landscape governing the protection of, and access to, knowledge in Africa. Our approach looks to the past and present in order to build a rich context for policymakers looking to the future. This approach offers a preliminary overview of the opportunities for IP policy innovation in each country, and the continent as a whole.

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