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The Chair undertakes wide-ranging research in intellectual property unified by the common theme of promoting the public interest and alignment to national development. These considerations centre on the promotion of innovation in prevalent African contexts, such as the informal sector. The Chair's publications to date have considered copyright and patent laws specifically in the light of access imperatives grounded in the constitutional protection of fundamental and socio-economic rights. Another key focus area is the protection of indigenous knowledge, on which the chair has authored book chapters and co-edited a volume, Indigenous Knowledge & Intellectual Property. African regional integration efforts are also a critical element of the study of how IP law and policy are developing in Africa and is the subject of Intellectual Property Policy, Law and Administration in Africa: Exploring Continental and Sub-regional Co-operation .

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