Many countries in Africa do not currently conduct any form of examination of patent applications, but are considering the options in this regard. To this end, the European Patent Office (EPO) recently announced its co-sponsorship of the continent’s first Summit on Patent Examination Systems in Africa, in partnership with law firm Adams & Adams. The meeting will take place on 13 September 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa.

IP Officials, Registrars and Director Generals from national and regional patent offices across Africa have been invited to attend and discuss the various approaches to patent examination available and to gain insights into developments in this regard around the world.

The Summit is followed by the 5th Annual Adams & Adams Network Meeting, a two-day seminar that brings together IP professionals and officials from across the continent to discuss topical IP issues in an African context.

For information on the Summit & Network Meeting, queries may be directed to Africa Practice Manager at Adams & Adams, Mr. Menzi Maboyi.

Nicky Garnett
Partner | Head of Africa Patents
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