[pp.int.general] Fwd: [Afro-IP] Nigeria, UK to cooperate -- but exactly how?

Amelia Andersdotter teirdes at gmail.com
Mon Sep 5 16:51:21 CEST 2011

Nigeria's Minister of Trade I believe has been very enthusiastic about 
stricter enforcement of IPR in Nigeria.

The last report made from WTO is from 1998 or so and at that time they 
still had substantial problems with "bad archiving systems" aka 
corruption :P patent applications were automatically granted because the 
patent office lacked the expertise to examine applications. on the other 
hand they "got lost" in archives relatively quickly after being granted.

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Subject: 	[Afro-IP] Nigeria, UK to cooperate -- but exactly how?
Date: 	Mon, 5 Sep 2011 07:35:45 -0700 (PDT)
From: 	Jeremy <jjip at btinternet.com>
Reply-To: 	afro-ip+owners at googlegroups.com
To: 	afro-ip at googlegroups.com

The UK government's News Distribution Service announces a development 
that may be of some long-term significance to one of Africa's most 
important markets. According to the *text 

    "A landmark copyright agreement has been signed between the
    Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and counterparts from Nigeria.
    The agreement is the first of its kind between the IPO and an
    African country, and will improve international cooperation on
    copyright issues between the two nations.

    The move follows the UK Government’s *acceptance
    <http://www.ipo.gov.uk/ipresponse-full.pdf>*of the recommendations
    made in the *Hargreaves Review
    <http://www.ipo.gov.uk/ipreview-finalreport.pdf>*of intellectual
    property and growth. The review highlighted that the UK should
    continue to pursue international interests in intellectual property.

    Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Wilcox said:

            “Effective copyright law in the UK and Nigeria is essential
            for the future growth of both nations’ creative industries.
            Businesses need to have confidence in the intellectual
            property systems of other countries if they are to prosper
            in international markets.

            “This agreement will create opportunities for information
            sharing as well as opportunities for training and
            development in the UK and Nigeria.”

    The agreement was signed today (5 September) in London by the IPO’s
    Chief Executive John Alty and Chief Executive of the Nigerian
    Copyright Commission, Afam Ezekude".

Afro Leo wonders (i) what is the international cooperation that will be 
improved by this agreement, (ii) what sort of information is going to be 
shared and (iii) what sort of opportunities for training and development 
the two countries have in mind. Do any readers know?

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