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




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Guide to market access to Angola: the manufacturing sector

During the opening ceremony of the 5th Edition of the Industrial Fair, which took place in March 2023, João Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola, stated that the real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of the Angolan manufacturing industry registered a cumulative 7.7 %1 in the period from 2018 to 2022.

Angola’s main industries are oil, gas and diamonds. The country also produces gold, granite, gypsum, marble and salt, and has numerous undeveloped minerals with potential for extraction, including beryllium, clay, copper, iron ore, lead, lignite, manganese, mica, nickel, peat, phosphate rock, quartz, silver, tungsten, uranium, vanadium and zinc.


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Guide on intellectual property (IP) due diligence in Nigeria

Conducting an IP due diligence is a detailed assessment of your company’s intellectual property (IP). It is a critical process when evaluating a business for investment, partnership and acquisition opportunities. It involves an in-depth examination of patents, trade marks, designs, copyrights, trade secrets and other intellectual property assets, providing a reliable assessment of their ownership, validity, enforceability and potential infringement. In short, IP due diligence is a thorough assessment of a company’s IP assets to understand their value, risks and potential for future use.

In Nigeria, IP due diligence is an important practice that should be adopted to ensure that you maximise your IP for monetary value in the course of exploiting your rights or in the course of acquiring new IP through any form of partnership.


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.