Session 1: Introduction to IP Enforcement in Africa

Recorded On: 02/25/2021

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Africa’s growing middle and upper class represent an untapped, dynamic, fast-moving, and competitive market that businesses cannot afford to ignore. Increasing commercial opportunities in Africa have attracted the attention not only of legitimate businesses but also of counterfeiters and unscrupulous traders. Fakes are a real problem in Africa.

In this session, speakers will discuss: 

  • The economic climate in Africa and why the continent is so attractive for right-holders;
  • The factors contributing to counterfeiting;
  • The robust activities implemented across the region in the fight against counterfeits; and 
  • Practical tips and tricks to protect your IP rights in Africa.

Vanessa Ferguson

Founder

Ferguson Attorneys (South Africa)

Vanessa is the founder of FERGUSON ATTORNEYS a South African Intellectual Property and Anti-Counterfeiting specialist law firm. 

For more than two decades, Vanessa has been assisting clients from all industries and areas in respect of both traditional and non-traditional IP protection and enforcement, including anti-counterfeiting measures, both in South Africa as well as key African territories.

Vanessa furthermore holds the position of Immediate President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property (SAIIPL) – 2019-2020, member of Council, as well as the Anti-Counterfeiting and Education committees.  Vanessa serves as a member of the INTA (International Trade Mark Association) Middle East & Africa Anti-Counterfeiting Committee.

She is the co-author with Marius Schneider of the book “Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Africa”, published by Oxford University Press in May 2020. 

With a strong passion and belief in education and capacity building, Vanessa works closely with government bodies and industries in South Africa and is actively involved in the training programs for law enforcement, customs and other role players in anti-counterfeiting and intellectual property enforcement measures. 

Marius Schneider

Founder and Director

IPvocate Africa (Mauritius)

Marius is the founder and director of IPvocate Africa, a law firm focusing on the protection, management, and enforcement of IP rights all over Africa. He assists clients, including multinationals from Europe and North America, in setting up and enforcing their IP strategy across Africa.

Marius is the co-author with Vanessa Ferguson of the 2020 Oxford University Press (OUP) publication ‘Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Africa’, the first book discussing intellectual property rights enforcement in all 54 African countries. He is the co-editor of the OUP publication ‘Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights through Border Measures – Law and Practice in the EU’ (third edition in progress) and a Consulting Editor of the OUP Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice.

He is a lawyer at the Brussels bar and is registered as a Legal Adviser in Mauritius. He serves on the INTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, the EUIPO Observatory and the ECTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee. Marius works in English, French, German and Dutch.

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Session 1: Introduction to IP Enforcement in Africa
02/25/2021 at 8:00 AM (EST)   |  60 minutes
02/25/2021 at 8:00 AM (EST)   |  60 minutes
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