Monday, 19 December 2011

A to Z of African official IP websites no.27: Liberia

Undeterred by previous experiences and impervious to such trivialities as end-of-year breaks, Afro-IP's favourite web-trooper Kingsley Egbuonu soldiers on. In this, his 27th visit to an African jurisdiction in his alphabetical sequence, Kingsley arrives in Liberia. This is what he tells us:

Overview

Liberia is a Contracting Party to several treaties on intellectual property which includes the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Liberia officially became a member of ARIPO on 24 March 2010.

Copyright Office

  • The Liberia Copyright Office is the competent office responsible for copyright and related rights in Liberia.
  • Currently, this office has no website.
Industrial Property Offices

  • The Liberia Industrial Property Office is the competent office responsible for the administration of intellectual property rights in Liberia.
  • Currently, this office has no website.
Social media presence

None.

Latest intellectual property update/law

None.

 Conclusion

Based on what we have seen so far in the series, some member states of ARIPO have not bothered to enhance their domestic IP office and/or regime. Again, many will –rightly or wrongly- argue that IP is not currently on Liberia’s development agenda.

Kingsley tweets as @IPinAfrica

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