Recognizing that Universities and Research and Development (R&D) Institutions increasingly play a crucial role in the process of technological innovation in Africa, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office (OMPIC), the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of France, and the Japan Patent Office (JPO), organized a Sub-regional Conference on May 11
and 12, 2016, in Casablanca, Morocco.
The Conference brought together over 50 participants from 21 African countries representing universities, research institutions, ministries responsible for scientific research and higher education, industrial property offices, as well as the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), and the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI). At the end of the Conference participants called on WIPO to assist the African countries in coming up with an Institutional Intellectual Property (IP) Policy Model, which could then be customized by universities and R&D institutions taking into account their own specific needs in the African Region. See attached mission report.
Subsequently, following further consultations with other relevant sectors in WIPO, officials of ARIPO and IP experts in the region, it was agreed to respond to this request by developing guidelines for elaboration of intellectual property policy and strategy for an effective use of the IP System by Universities and Research and Developments Institutions in Africa. Hereafter known as The Guidelines. The project will be undertaken in Two Phases
In undertaking this assignment, it was agreed to engage the services of three IP Consultants, namely , Professor Barthélémy Nyasse ,Deputy Vice-Chancellor ,University of Bamenda, Cameroon (lead Consultant ); Dr. Dick M. Kamugasha, Director, Technology Development Centre (TDC), Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI), Kampala,