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Newsletter 2019
Thu, 19 Dec 2019 - 20:30
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Conference presentations by the team in 2019
Thu, 19 Dec 2019 - 14:00

Chijioke Okorie gives an overview of the conferences attended by our team and the papers we presented in 2019. 

Fair Use, AI Author and Inventor take centre stage at the Industry 4.0 and Intellectual Property Colloquium
Mon, 28 Oct 2019 - 13:00

By Desmond Oriakhogba

A brief account of the Industry 4.0 and Intellectual Property (IP) Colloquium hosted by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on 24 October 2019. 

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Beijing Internet Court refuses copyright for AI created work
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 - 09:00

by Desmond Oriakhogba

An update on a recent case from the Beijing High Court that refused copyright protection for an AI generated work. 

Why decolonisation of IP matters - with Prof R Okediji
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 - 11:45

By Somila Dondashe 

Beyond exclusion of pharmaceutical products from patentable subject matter as a solution to limited access to medicines in Africa
Wed, 31 Jul 2019 - 14:00

Chijioke Okorie discusses access to medicines in Africa in this post. 

UN Economic Commission for Africa launches the Assessing Regional Integration in Africa (ARIA) IX
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 - 14:15

In this post, Chijioke Okorie comments on Chapter 4 of the Assessing Regional Integration in Africa (ARIA) IX Report, which was co-authored by Prof Caroline Ncube. 

The 3rd Annual Conference of AIPLITL
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 - 12:15

A report by Chijioke Okorie on the 3rd Annual Conference of the AIPLITL that was hosted by the Chair and the IP Unit in July 2019. 

The 38th Session of WIPO-SCCR and South African Copyright Reform
Sat, 01 Jun 2019 - 13:15

By Desmond Oriakhogba  [reposted from IP-Unit.org]

The 38th session of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (WIPO-SCCR) recently took place from 1 to 5 April 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. As gleaned from its agenda, the session was convened to continue the negotiations among WIPO member states towards formulating an international normative instrument for copyright limitations and exceptions (L&Es), that goes beyond the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh VIP Treaty). Thus, the session placed particular attention on L&Es for persons with disabilities (other than blind, visually impaired and print disabilities), libraries, archives and museums; for educational and research institutions.

International Conference on Intellectual Property and Development: How to Benefit from the IP System
Sat, 01 Jun 2019 - 13:00

By Charlene Musiza [reposted from IP-Unit.org]

On 20 May 2019, the second International Conference on Intellectual Property (IP) and Development was held at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. A diverse crowd from industry, academia, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and students attended the event and some participated via the webcast. The panels, comprising of experts, discussed various topics in relation to IP and development. Discussion in the panels are summarised below.

The Agreement on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) - Protocol on IP
Tue, 14 May 2019 - 14:00

By Chijioke Okorie [reposted from IPKat]

The African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, recently confirmed that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will officially enter into force during the next Extra-Ordinary Heads of State and Government summit, scheduled for 7th July 2019. 

Access to Copyright Protected Works by Persons with Disabilities – Thoughts on the WIPO SCCR Scoping Study
Fri, 05 Apr 2019 - 13:30

 By Chijioke Okorie [repost from IPKat]

This week, the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) held its 38th Session in Geneva. The meeting documents released ahead of the Session included reports and analysis on Access to Copyright Protected Works by Persons with Disabilities; Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries; Copyright Practices and Challenges of Museums, Archives and Copyright; Practices and Challenges in Relation to Online Distance Education and Research Activities, etc.