1st Edition

Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Property Law in Africa

Edited By Olasupo Owoeye Copyright 2025
    232 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book discusses the impact of intellectual property and international investment agreements within Africa. It investigates how African nations can enhance their current intellectual property legislation across various regions of the continent, while simultaneously fostering the development of local industries and stimulating innovation and creativity within the region.

    Despite intellectual property remaining a major issue in global trade governance, African countries have room to maximise the advantages that global intellectual property law can offer. Highlighting discourse on investment, intellectual property, and competition policies in Africa, the book underscores the need for African nations to develop intellectual property frameworks that can facilitate economic transformation. Using data from international intellectual property conventions, WTO dispute settlements and African regional organisation conventions, the book is a comprehensive call to action for African intellectual property lawyers and policymakers.

    The book will be of interest to students and scholars in the field of intellectual property law and international investment law.



    1. Intellectual Property Rights and Investment Law in the AfCFTA

    Emmanuel Kolawole Oke


    2. Public Interest Regulation of Patents and Investment Treaties in Africa

    Dominic Npoanlari Dagbanja, Brett Kenneth Davies and Sadhvi Sinha


    3. Recalibrating African Investment Treaty System to promote Access to Medicine

    Oladapo Fabusuyi


    4. The Marginalisation of African States in the Negotiation of the TRIPS Agreement

    Anu Adeyemi


    5. Intellectual Property and Local Pharmaceutical Production: Defining the Need and Meeting the Challenge

    Tolulope Adekola


    6. After the WTO COVID-19 Waiver: Africa’s Way Forward

    Kunle Ola


    7. Public Health Governance, Intellectual Property, and the African Context: From Outrage to Action in Developing Regional Capability for Health Protection

    Uchechukwu Ngwaba


    8. The AFCFTA and Trade in Counterfeit Drugs: Adopting a Blockchain Technology Based Strategy to Ensure Patient Safety

    Ezinne Mirian Igbokwe


    9. Artificial Intelligence and the Patentability of AI Inventions

    Olasupo Owoeye and Omolara Ajayi


    10. Artificial Intelligence Generated Works and the Copyright Dilemma: A Case Study of the United Kingdom and South Africa

    Victoria Taiwo


    11. “Gamechanger” lawsuit (Francisco Leong v (AFP)) as Platform for Interrogating Copyright Ownership of Photographic Works of Employees in Mass-Media Institutions in Nigeria

    Oluwaseyi Leigh




    Olasupo Owoeye is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Massey University, New Zealand, a stipendiary Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition Law, Munich, Germany and a Visiting Professor of Law at Lead City University, Nigeria. He is a law academic with research expertise in Intellectual Property Law and International Human Rights Law, especially Health and Development Rights. He was a Humboldt Research Fellow and Humboldt Alumni Fellow at the University of Augsburg, Germany between 2015 and 2023. He was also a Visiting Scholar at SOAS University of London in 2023. He is the founder of LAYEBS LAW, a law practice with offices in Australia and Nigeria.