The International Conference Respect for IP – Growing from the Tip of Africa took place in Sandton, South Africa, from October 23 to 25, 2018. The Conference fostered policy dialogue and served as an incubator of ideas to support an effective and balanced intellectual property (IP) enforcement system.
Discussions covered a broad spectrum of topics linked to the overarching theme of the Conference – from the economic value of IP and its public interest rationale to specific challenges facing different actors involved in IP enforcement and options for their effective handling.
By bringing together a wide range of stakeholders, the Conference created opportunities for collaboration and strengthening of existing partnerships to build respect for IP.
The Conference was attended by more than 400 participants – including government ministers and policymakers, judges and senior enforcement officials, international governmental and non-governmental organizations, businesses, the legal fraternity and consumer groups – from some 70 countries.