June 28, 2011 by Ikechi Mgbeoji
Ikechi Mgbeoji is an Associate Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and a member of IP Osgoode.
For more than one hundred years, the branch of law known as intellectual property rights (IPRs) has been treated by universities and colleges in the Third World as an after-thought, an appendage to other disciplines of law. This note is not concerned with the different theories of varying degrees of coherence and persuasiveness adduced by scholars and jurists in justification for the existence of IPRs. Rather, I seek to draw attention to the clerical drudgery which largely passes for intellectual property rights legal practice in the Third World. By the Third World, I mean the post-colonial states of Africa with the exception of South Africa.