Happy Birthday Sierra Leone

Today is the 50th anniversary of the independence of Sierra Leone. I should like to wish everybody in that country and the Sierra Leonean diaspora here and elsewhere a very happy Independence Day.

I visited that country just over 4 years ago and wrote an article about its legal system in general and the protection of intellectual property in Sierra Leone in particular. Today I read through that article to see whether there is anything that needs to be updated.   The biggest change has been the compilation of a database of Sierra Leone statutes on the Sierra Leone web. There are also some links to some other legal websites on the Sierra Leone page of the World LII database.

Not too much on intellectual property I am afraid. All I could find was that domain name disputes in the .sl country code TLD are now determined by the WIPO in accordance with the UDRP.   But globalization could change all that.   SL is in the same time zone as Continental Europe. English is its official language. And its schools and universities produced large numbers of well educated graduates – such as my fictional heroine, the patent agent Princess Burreh-Hamilton in “Tales from the Patent Clinic”.

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About Jane Lambert

I am a barrister specializing in intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment and competition law. I specialize in helping SME (small and medium enterprises) protect and exploit their investment in brands, design, technology and the arts. SME require intellectual property (legal protection for their intellectual assets) at least as much as big business but their limited means restrict the way they can use it. Looking after such clients wisely requires skills and knowledge which have taken me years to learn.
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