Monday, 22 August 2011

A to Z of African official IP websites: no. 10: Chad

Afro-IP's A-to-Z series of visits to the official IP websites of African states has now reached double figures, as cyber-sleuth Kingsley Egbuonu takes the journey from the land-locked Central African Republic to its equally land-locked norther neighbour, the Republic of Chad. As Kingsley reports, despite its warm climate Chad is not exactly a hot-spot for online IP information:
Overview

Chad is a contracting party to most international agreements on intellectual property; these include: the Bangui Agreement administered by the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI).

Copyright Office

• The Chadian Copyright Office (BUTDRA), Directorate of Culture in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports is the competent office responsible for copyright and related rights in Chad. 

• Currently, this office has no web presence.

Industrial Property Office

• The Directorate General, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, is responsible for the administration of intellectual property rights in Chad. 
• The Ministry has a website (www.primature-tchad.org - in French) but it is currently not useful as a source of information for IP in Chad.
Kingsley tweets as @IPinAfrica

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