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The International Conference Respect for IP – Growing from the Tip of Africa will foster policy dialogue and serve as an incubator of ideas that can support an effective and balanced intellectual property (IP) enforcement system.
More than 600 participants from all over the world are expected, including government ministers and policymakers, judges and senior enforcement officials, international governmental and non-governmental organizations, businesses, the legal fraternity and consumer groups.
An incomplete public understanding of the benefits of IP, as well as the socio-economic risks associated with counterfeit goods and piracy, compromise the potential of the global IP system in driving sustainable economic growth, advancing cultural and social development and contributing to a higher level of consumer protection. By bringing together a wide range of stakeholders, the Conference will create opportunities for collaborations and strengthen existing partnerships to build respect for IP.
Discussions will cover a broad spectrum of topics linked to the overarching theme of the Conference – from the economic value of IP and its public interest rationale to specific challenges facing different actors involved in IP enforcement and options for their effective handling.