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Africa turns to IP for development


The lack of IP protection in Africa deters investors, while inventors in the continent barely register internationally. But, asks James Nurton, is that about to change?

In 2006, the USPTO granted 173,771 patents. Of these, just 125 (0.07%) went to inventors from Africa, a continent with some 900 million people (roughly equivalent to the population of the US, Japan and the EU combined). Out of the...


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