Leading Chinese Law Firm to meet with key Africa/China Intellectual Property Delegation

Beijing ¨C Top 3 China Law firm, Lehman, Lee & Xu will host a delegation of leading IP experts from the African Intellectual Property Organization and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People¡¯s Republic of China to discuss the development of intellectual property in China and future cooperation between the organizations.

¡°While the trade relationship between China and Africa has been growing exponentially it is clear that the cooperative nature of the relationship has increasingly been entering the legal and political sphere¡± stated Ed Lehman, Managing Director of the law firm. ¡°This delegation is true sign of the increasing importance of intellectual property in a development and trade context¡±

The OAPI was established in 1962 to provide a body to oversee the patent laws in a number of former French colonies. The members of the organization are Cameroon Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad and Togo. ¡°Together these countries cover a large portion of Africa with a population of over one hundred million¡± relays Ed. ¡°a coherent approach relating to Intellectual Property is a key requirement for successful globalization. Delegations such as this one are at the front line ensuring that the IP laws of different regions develop in a harmonious way¡±.

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