In this age of rapid technological development, the importance and significance of intellectual property is ever-increasing on the marketplace. Understanding what they are, how to protect your IP rights and especially, how to use them to generate revenue is crucial.
Leveraging IP to generate revenue is important for a business, so also is identifying and properly protecting and enforcing rights on the IP assets which bring in revenue into a business.
Our managing partner recently had the opportunity to do an online presentation on protecting and monetizing your intellectual property assets within the African Intellectual Property Organization (AIPO) space, with special focus on Cameroon, which is one of the seventeen (17) member states of AIPO.
The target of the presentation was to dispense to participants a beginner-level understanding of intellectual property and its significance in business, to present the mechanisms of protection and enforcement of IP rights, to showcase the importance of protecting IP rights, to provide introductory level guidance on how to protect and enforce IP rights and finally, to show participants how to utilize their IP assets to generate revenue.
The presentation was broken-down into nine (09) major parts, namely:
1 – What is intellectual property
2 – The two branches of intellectual property law
3 – What intellectual property is not
4 – Rights conferred by intellectual property and limitations
5 – Major Intellectual Property institutions around the world and CMOs
6 – The consequences of infringement of IP rights
7 – How to protect and enforce IP rights
8 – Infringement of IP rights and sanctions (exceptions to infringement)
9 – How to exploit your IP assets to generate revenue
Download or access the full PowerPoint presentation here: Protecting and Monetizing your Intellectual Property Assets Webinar. In previous posts we published, our partners wrote about copyright criminal law (https://dayspringlaw.com/the-punishment-of-copyright-infringement-under-cameroon-law/) and the protection of patents in the ARIPO and AIPO areas (https://dayspringlaw.com/registering-a-patent-in-the-aipo-aripo-intellectual-property-areas/).
The presentation is far from being exhaustive and is definitely not intended as legal advice nor is it intended to substitute legal advice from an intellectual property lawyer.
That said, Dayspring Law Firm provides a variety of intellectual property law services including, but not limited to:
- Legal Consulting and Advisory Services.
- Conducting legal research work on IP subject matters, including, patents, utility models, trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications, trade names, unfair competition, new plant varieties protection, lay-out designs (topographies ) of integrated circuits and literary and artistic property protection, tort of passing off, criminal infringement of IP rights, etc.
- Preparing & Filing applications for registration of IP rights subject matters (trademark registration applications, patent prosecution, certificates of addition, utility models, industrial designs, etc).
- Filing renewals, recordals (recordation), searches, information requests, extensions, corrections, change of agent, etc.
- Advising clients on the protection and enforcement of their IP rights and IP watch services, involving copyright & related rights, as well as cybersquatting;
- Drafting IP contracts (license & cross-license contracts, technology transfer contracts, joint ownership contracts, software licensing contracts, non-disclosure agreements, transfer & assignment of IP rights agreements, etc.)
- Litigating IP cases (oppositions, claims of ownership, restorations, appeals, actions for invalidation or nullity, actions for cancellation based on non-use, criminal infringement of IP rights, customs & border measures in case of seizure of counterfeit products, etc.)
- IP Watch, Monitoring & Investigation services (internal market monitoring, online brand abuse reporting, patent abuse reporting, trade fair reporting, etc.).
- Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (custom protection, etc.) and Alternative Dispute Resolution of IP disputes as counsel and negotiators, mediators-arbitrators.
- Cybersquatting and Cybercriminality.
We work in synergy with committed partners, legal professionals and corresponding IP lawyers and law firms in the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) zone which is a similar regional intellectual property organisation regrouping 19 member states mostly in North-East, East, West & Southern Africa (Botswana, Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). ARIPO’s consumer population is 166 million large. The seat of the organisation is in Harare, Zimbabwe.
In addition to the AIPO & ARIPO areas, Dayspring Law Firm equally helps IP rights holders to protect and enforce their rights in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Republic of South Africa (RSA), Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Morocco. Our IP practice covers Forty Six (46) African countries.