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IP Guides

The following Helpdesk publications provide a range of expert-written guides that assist businesses in understanding the IP landscape in Africa.

Guide to IPR protection - Ghana




Guide to Market Access to Ghana: The Food Industry

Ghana’s growing food industry is expected to show an annual growth rate of 32.5% resulting in a projected market volume of USD 223.50 million by 2025. 

To safeguard trade related intellectual property rights generally, and within the food industry sector in particular, Ghana has developed and is implementing relevant IP laws consistent with international best practices. The aim is to facilitate the acquisition and enforcement of IPRs within its jurisdiction in the interest of businesses and foreign direct investors.


Guide to IPR protection - Kenya




Kenya - IPR protection at the border

Protecting intellectual property rights (IPRs) from counterfeiters and copycats is key to ensuring continued success and trust amongst customers in the Eastern Africa region.

In Kenya, numerous organisations are involved in the fight against counterfeiting. This guide focuses on two major organisations that act at the border against counterfeit products: the Kenya Revenue Authority, which is responsible for customs, and the Anti-Counterfeit Authority (ACA). The ACA is a state organisation mandated to act against counterfeit goods and goods bearing counterfeit marks, and against any means used to create a counterfeited product.