THE Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Arts, Mark Okraku Mantey, encouraged young people to consider a career in intellectual property law.
At a book launch to mark the culmination of this year’s World Intellectual Property Day in Accra, Mr. Mantey stressed the need for young people to understand the concept of intellectual property rights, particularly in the digital age.
“Intellectual property rights can bind creators and inventors, and the past to their future. Young people in Africa are creative, but it is unfortunate that most of them are not able to monetize their creativity and their creative works do not become valuable commodities in the future. Their creative and innovative ideas can propel them to prosperity; therefore, the need to protect intellectual property rights in the digital age cannot be overstated. The next phase of life would be governed by intellectual property law, many people specialize in land and other areas, I encourage others to also specialize in intellectual property law,” said he declared.
A representative of the Minister of Environment, Science and Innovation, Professor Paul Bosu, said that a new generation of talented young people were solving today’s problems, therefore, it was imperative that creators, innovators and entrepreneurs understand the basics of intellectual property and how to capitalize on it to generate sustainable income.
He congratulated Ms. Sarah Norkor Anku, an intellectual property lawyer and general practitioner, for writing a book on intellectual property law.
“The information on intellectual property rights is too technical and not very user-friendly, fortunately the book will raise awareness on the subject. “It projects intellectual property in a more acceptable way, which makes it easier for young creative minds to navigate ” , did he declare.
Lead author Ms. Anku said the book is aimed at young minds and aims to help them get the most out of their innovations.
“As a law firm specializing in the law and practice of intellectual property, we seek to contribute to the promotion of intellectual property rights by creating awareness. How can people learn about intellectual property rights if we don’t teach them,” she added.
The book titled “Monetizing Your Creativity: An Introduction to Intellectual Property” is presented in the form of dialogue for easy understanding using the mythical character, Kwaku Ananse, to explain the otherwise hostile and abstract subject matter to readers.
She called on philanthropists, the public and other corporate bodies to get copies and donate to underfunded students across the country.
“We are embarking on a project called ‘Own a School’ to reach our targeted readers in various parts of Ghana and Africa,” she said.
The book, co-authored by Mary Magdalene Onyinyechuwu Dotsey, Jerome Lavie, Benedicta Dzandu, and Blessing Korle, provides information on the different types of intellectual property rights, how to protect creative works, explore various forms of intellectual property commercialization, and trends in the field such as blockchains, among others.
Former Attorney General Madame Betty Mold Iddirsu expressed hope that the book would help creatives understand the central role of intellectual property rights.
world intellectual property day
The World Intellectual Property Organization, an agency of the United Nations (UN), has chosen April 26 each year to mark World Intellectual Property Day.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Intellectual Property and Youth; Innovate for a better future”.