The Director General of Cafrintel SA, Herman NTCHATCHO made an impassioned call for the adoption of a strategic approach to the identification, differentiation, security, enhancement and promotion of intellectual property (IP) in Africa . It was during an exchange he had with Master students of the Academy of the African Organization for Intellectual Property and in the presence of the CEO Dr. Alain EDOU EDOU this Friday, February 4, 2016 in building headquarters in Yaounde, Cameroon. Senior officials of OAPI also attended the session including the Director of the Academy Eliane POSSO, the Director of Intellectual Property Mr. DOSSO and service of Interim Head of training …. Michel GONONY.
An hour and twenty minutes were enough for the main Ex-Director of the Department for Africa and special projects of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO WIPO or English) would highlight the centrality and importance the innovation ecosystem, the roles of the many stakeholders in public and private research sectors and commerce as well as universities and higher and technical education institutions. He also shed light on the evolution of intellectual property in world trade and mentioned in this regard the success stories of companies such as Alphabet (Google, YouTube, Android), Apple and Microsoft today contributing more than conventional industries called “hard” to the rule of the economy of the United States and their influence through “soft power”. In the cultural industries, he drew a parallel between Hollywood and Nollywood observing that since the statistical recount operated by the Nigerian government in 2014, the industry is considered in the calculation of gross domestic product of the country to which it contributes up about 2%. Mr Hermann urged African NCHATCHO a paradigm shift. “What look do we wear on our wealth? “He asked himself. African countries need to take a different look to the assets and make amends for creativity and adaptability to commercial exploitation in this process. It imperative to consider African traditional knowledge they are related to biodiversity, genetic resources as expressions of folklore to improve, catalog and claim their individual or collective property and ensure their commercial exploitation through pallet IPR that are: patents, industrial designs, trademarks, trade names, geographical indications or other contractual arrangement. In our country, this should be facilitated by the implementation of a concerted strategy and cross between the state, the state entities, the Diaspora, the private sector and ordinary citizens. Did he not have to follow the example of Brazil, which funds research enormously or China who develops a pragmatic approach to IP including in municipalities?
Arnaud Christmas FOSSO