Zimbabwe will host an Intellectual Property conference from the 6th to the 8th of this month at a local hotel as announced at a Press Conference in Harare today.
The conference is the first of its kind and will run under a theme specialising on value addition, competitiveness, sustainable development among other issues.
“Zimbabwe has the privilege to host a magnificent Conference on Intellectual property (IP), Innovation and Value Addition for business competitiveness and Sustainable development in Africa for the first time.” The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Mrs Virginia Mabhiza said.
The conference is set to bring together key stakeholders in the Intellectual Property industry and Intellectuals to map strategies for the industry’s improvement.
“The objective of the conference is to bring together participants from different sectors to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing African countries in building a vibrant innovation system and the effective use of IP by academic and research organisations and SME’s in the 4th industrial; revolution.” Mabhiza said.
The conference will run under two clusters with the first cluster concentrating on the Universities and Research and Development Institutions and cluster two will concentrate on SME’s.
“Cluster 1 Universities and R & D Institutions, in this cluster participants will examine the importance of IP training particularly in universities to provide the required IP professional, enhance IP awareness creation within universities and support IP generation and protection by the universities and financing research and development.” Mabhiza said.
“Cluster 2, SME’s, participants will examine IP and innovative management practices in SME’s with particular emphasis on case studies covering the entire spectrum of the IP system. They will also discuss the role of Public Private Partnerships and their contributions in addressing Africa’s challenges.” Mabhiza also said.
The conference is a collaborative action by the World Intellectual Property Organisation in partnership with other IP organisations, Government of Zimbabwe and the Japanese patents office said.
“The Conference is organised by World Intellectual Property Organisation in collaboration with African Regional Property Organisation ARIPO and the Organisation Africaine de la propriete intellectuelle supported by the Government of Zimbabwe and the Japan Patents Office.” Permanent Secretary Mabhiza said.