Monitoring Trends in Intellectual Property

AATF will document the status of Intellectual Property (IP)regimes in Africa with the objective of providing a central pool of knowledge on IP issues of relevance to the work of AATF.

The preliminary research for this has been conducted and a publication on current laws on plant variety protection (PVP), patents and copyrights will be produced. The publication will be updated periodically.


AATF operates within three strategic thrusts as outlined in its strategy document:

  • Negotiating access to proprietary technologies that enhance the productivity of agriculture in Africa;
  • Managing partnerships for project formulation, product development and deployment to introduce innovative agricultural technologies to African farming systems; and
  • Managing knowledge and information to support technology identification and development, and the policy environment.

In line with the third strategic thrust, AATF has embarked on monitoring emerging trends in intellectual property (IP) as part of one of the strategies – Periodic review of trends in key areas in the AATF Ten Year Strategic Direction.

Related News
The World Intellectual Property Organization is preparing a scheme in which corporations would give free access to IP to the poorest developing countries - Research Newsletter No. 344  Related information
Access WIPO’s extensive IP legislative database
Collection of Laws for Electronic Access (CLEA) of the World Intellectual Property Organization
The Collection of Laws for Electronic Access (CLEA) database provides access to intellectual property legislation from a wide range of countries and regions as well as to treaties on intellectual property.

IP Laws for WEMA country partners
Links to intellectual property laws for Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and USA.

IP laws for Sub-Saharan Africa 
Links to intellectual property laws for Sub-Saharan Africa.


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