||The Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property Program at the Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe, was created in 2008, in cooperation with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The objectives of this program are to address the critical shortage of human resources in the Africa region by educating students and young professionals in the field of Intellectual Property (IP) and to train trainers of IP for the region in order to meet the regional needs and perspectives.
Currently, the textbooks used for this program are those from other regions, which do not adequately focus on peculiar issues and challenges confronting Africa. The Africa University has decided to create new and improved course materials for this joint MIP program, which include a new original textbook that will fill the gap arising from a dearth of local textbooks on IP in Africa. The textbook aims to provide a customized Afrocentric resource for the program; it will serve as a resource for IP academic and research programs for IP administrators, legal practitioners, teachers and researchers of academic institutions and general public in the Africa region. This textbook project will be financed by the FIT Japan for Africa and LDCs under its 2015 - 2016 work plan.
The new textbook will be written by the lecturers of the MIP program from the Africa region. However, there are some subjects Africa does not have much experience: Industrial Designs and Patent Drafting. An author from another region with abundant experience is indispensable for complementing these subjects and completing the textbook.
There is also need for a lecturer who teaches these subjects in the MIP program. The program is attached.
In addition, there is a high demand for training on Patent Drafting from African researchers and practitioners. To meet the needs, WIPO, in cooperation with ARIPO and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) will launch a new