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Emerging IP Issues in the African Marketplace (May, 2015)

On May 21, 2015, Beau Jackson published an article in Law360 entitled "Emerging IP Issues in the African Marketplace".

In his recent article published in Law360, Beau posits that Africa is on the move with seven of the world's ten fastest growing economies, and a growing number of foreign countries trying to sign reciprocal trade agreements with African regional blocs.  Africa's economic growth is spurring rapid innovation, which has altered the intellectual property landscape on the continent.  As African innovators increasingly protect their creations, foreign companies operating in the continent's diverse economies must navigate licensing negotiations and know when to make strategic acquisitions.  Similarly, as African manufacturing increases, companies will see more competition from Africa-based competitors who may be shipping infringing products.

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