One of Jeremy's first responsibilities will be to give the keynote speech to the WIPO regional conference on traditional knowledge, genetic resources and traditional cultural expressions/folklore which is due to take place in Gabarone next month. This conference is sponsored jointly by the Department for International Development and and the UK Intellectual Property Office. Commenting on his appointment, Dave Morgan of the UK IPO said
"Jeremy is one of the few international academic lawyers with a genuine interest in Africa as is evidenced by his participation in the afro-ip blog. We're expecting great things from the conference and great things from Jeremy."
Jeremy is already well known as editor of the IPkat blog. Educated at Cambridge and the University of Kent he is a consultant to Olswang's and editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice.
Another British academic lawyer to teach at the University of Botswana was Professor Alexander McCall Smith. He was inspired to write the best selling "Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" novels. What tantalizing literary treats are we to expect from the pen of Rra Phillips I wonder.