International Women’s Day: Celebrating African Women Leaders in Intellectual Property

Angélique Kidjo won her 2nd Grammy Award in 2015. The world renowned Beninoise singer-songwriter is Vice President of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). CISAC is the umbrella body for copyright societies worldwide.

Angélique Kidjo won her 2nd Grammy Award in 2015. The world renowned Beninoise singer-songwriter is Vice President of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). CISAC is the umbrella body for copyright societies worldwide.

Celebrated globally on 8th March, this year’s International Women’s Day highlights the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women’s rights. The official United Nations theme for International Women’s Day 2015 is “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!”

“When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all” – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for International Women’s Day 2015.

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day (#IWD2015), this blogger has compiled a list of some of the (influential) women (leaders) in intellectual property (IP) from Kenya and throughout English-speaking Africa. The women listed below (in no particular order) are primarily drawn from IP offices, academia, non-governmental organisations and the IP legal fraternity.

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Kenya’s Top IP Lawyers to Attend International Trademark Association INTA Annual Meeting

You’ve probably heard that next week, 9,000 professionals from around the world are expected to attend the International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC from May 5 to 9 2012.

Some of the topics on the agenda include international trademark issues, including developments in international trademark laws, tactics for fighting global counterfeiting and effective strategies for domain management.

Here are the IP practitioners from Kenya that have confirmed their attendance (in alphabetical order):

> Anti-Counterfeit Agency (ACA) – represented by its CEO/Executive Director
> CFL – represented by 1 of its Partners
> Coulson Harney (CH) – represented by 1 of its Partners
> Hamilton, Harrison & Mathews (HH&M) – represented by 1 of its Partners
> Iseme, Kamau & Maema (IKM) – represented by 1 of its Partners
> Kaplan & Stratton – represented by 1 of its Partners
> Muriu Mungai & Company (MMC) – represented by 3 of its Partners

IPKenya has noted an interesting item on the INTA Meeting Program scheduled for Wednesday 9th May:

RW01 Regional Update: Africa
Intermediate Level

Panelists will discuss strategies and pitfalls for using an international system and the regional trademark registration systems in Africa, Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI) and African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) to protect your trademarks. Many African countries are members of the Madrid System. The panel will also cover current hot topics in Africa.

Moderator:

Marco Van de Merwe, Spoor & Fisher (South Africa)

Speakers:

Ephraim N. Ngwafor, Ngwafor & Partners (Cameroon)
Michael F. Sevant, Spoor & Fisher Jersey (Channel Islands)
Gift Sibanda, African Regional Industrial Property Organization (ARIPO) (Zimbabwe)

Although IPKenya will not be attending this formidable meeting of IP minds, it is hoped that the participants representing Kenya and the other African participants will truly put African Intellectual Property on the map during this Africa Session at INTA.

IPKenya trusts that Afro Leo (who most certainly will be in attendance) will blog about the issues, discussions and outcomes of this session and the INTA Annual Meeting as a whole.

For those who, like IPKenya, will not be attending INTA, you can follow the events via the INTA website (http://www.inta.org) or on twitter using the #INTADC hashtag.