Internationally-acclaimed law firm Adams & Adams - the largest Intellectual Property law firm in the Southern Hemisphere - will host the biggest IP seminar of its kind on the African continent when it welcomes its 47 representatives from 25 different countries to its head office in Pretoria, South Africa on 20 September 2012.
“This is the first time that the IP community in Africa will witness so many countries represented at one forum,” says Nicky Garnett, “It is a pooling of resources, which will boost delivery in this highly competitive environment. As the leading firm in Intellectual Property this meeting will cement our ability to provide services of the highest level in an industry that is essential for economic growth.
“The increased interest in emerging marketing economies – and particularly in Africa brings with it an increase in the demand for intellectual property protection.”
Adams & Adams has the largest footprint of offices in Africa with existing offices in Mozambique, Angola, Cameroon, Burundi and Tanzania and new offices soon to be established in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Rwanda. Garnett says it is through this combined network of our own offices and established representatives that we are able to provide our clients access to the best IP services on the continent.
The keynote speaker of the event is Gift Sibanda – current Director General of the African Regional Property Organisation (ARIPO). Sibanda has worked with national, regional and international organisations in the field of Intellectual Property. Sibanda is currently – among others - a member of the Advisory Board of the Worldwide Academy; Executive Member of the Zimbabwe Standards Association (SAZ); Chairman of the Consultative Committee of WIPO.
Nicky Garnett, partner Adams & Adams
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