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The East Africa Conference on Intellectual Property Rights and Development

"This is a synthesis report of the proceedings of the East Africa Conference on Intellectual Property Rights and Development which took place in Jinja-Uganda from the 28th -29th June 2006. The Conference brought together senior level officials from…

The Economics of Intellectual Property Rights in Developing Countries: Lessons from a Literature Review

Conventional economic theory asserts that inefficient markets result from a product or service for which there are no ready substitutes being provided by a single seller (i.e. a monopoly). An inefficient outcome is defined as one that does not ma…

Geneva WTO Trade Negotiation Seminar Papers

"A workshop washeld in Geneva on March 9, 2000 for African representatives to the WTO, to present some of the country studies along with some thematic overviews.This volume represents some of the material presented at that workshop. It covers trade…

Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge, Access Benefit Sharing Policy Environment in Eight Countries in Eastern and Southern Africa: Swaziland, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia

There is need for the African states to develop appropriate policies and legal frameworks to enable the local communities to benefit through Access and Benefit Sharing of their resources nurtured for a long time. The purpose of the study was to buil…

A Study on Intellectual Property Environment in Eight Countries: Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) refers to protection of inventions in all fields of human endeavor – scientific discoveries, industrial designs, Trade Marks, Service Marks, Literary, Artistic, Scientific Works, Performances, Sound recordings, br…

Technology Diffusion through Intellectual Property Rights: Innovating to Combat Climate Change

"The technological revolution required by climate action, aimed at mitigating the impact of climate change, can be achieved by existing technology, but would benefit immensely from continued innovation to lower costs. Such a revolution will enable d…

Disruptions from Elections and COVID-19 Pandemic affect Business Environment

The Business Climate Index (BCI) decreased by 16.9 basis points from 53.4 in the previous quarter (July-September 2020) to 36.5 in the current quarter (October-December 2020). The business environment’s negative sentiments were primarily driven by s…

Building a Competitive and Socially Inclusive Local Pharmaceutical Manufacturing in West Africa through Enhancing Research, Innovation & Intellectual Property

Many African countries, through their development plans, have prioritized provision of and access to affordable healthcare services. However, the realization of these aspirations has been constrained due to the high costs of imported medicines, whi…

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