Journal Article

Africa rising to the anti-counterfeiting challenge

Marius Haman

in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice

Volume 5, issue 5, pages 344-349
Published in print May 2010 | ISSN: 1747-1532
Published online May 2010 | e-ISSN: 1747-1540 | DOI:
Africa rising to the anti-counterfeiting challenge

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Legal context and key points

The global trade in counterfeit goods is growing at an alarming rate. Africa is increasingly being targeted as a destination for counterfeit goods. A new trend has been identified by the World Customs Organisation's Counterfeiting and Piracy Unit. It indicates that Africa is being used as a transit route for counterfeit goods, posing an indirect threat to European and American markets. This new trend challenges existing African anti-counterfeiting strategies. Africa's response by way of legal reforms, national and international co-operation is explored in this article.

Practical significance

The disproportionate size of Africa's informal or “parallel economy” (compared to that of Western nations), coupled with its rising economic fortunes, impacts on the counterfeiting problem. By adopting creative business models, IPR owners are finding new ways to combat counterfeiting.

Journal Article.  3685 words. 

Subjects: Arbitration ; Intellectual Property Law

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