African courts flex their muscles

By Christine Strutt

Whether tackling issues surrounding AdWords or shape marks, recent decisions serve as a reminder that Africa should not be overlooked as a source of articulate and progressive reasoning on legal trademark development

Policy making and implementation in most African countries is perceived as slow, and often imitates European or US practices that are not particularly suited to emerging economies. External challenges such as political instability, poverty, corruption and disease hamper many African states and limit investment in innovation, education, trade and other drivers of competition and IP development.

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