We are delighted to present you with the launch edition of The Women’s IP World Annual 2019/2020, celebrating women at all levels working in IP Law and Innovation. From the very beginning, the response and feedback we had was amazing, and we would like to thank all of the incredible women involved. Our aim was to celebrate a group of diverse women, from all over the globe, showcasing their achievements and also their personalities to inspire and inform. We have taken an unbiased approach and kept the articles & profiles as authentic as possible, to keep the author's own personal style. This has resulted in a cocktail of inspirational women coming together to share thoughts, ideas, and experience positively. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.
GHANA Name: Sarah Norkor Anku Africa Law firm name: Anku.Anku At-Law Country: Ghana Position: Senior Partner & Intellectual Property Consultant Website: www.ankuatlaw.com Sponsored by Sarah Norkor Anku is an astute legal practitioner, intellectual property expert, Lecturer and Public Speaker with decades of experience covering Intellectual Property (IP), in particular, Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and IP Assets Management. She is currently the Senior Partner and Intellectual property Consultant at one of the leading law firms in Ghana, Anku.Anku At-Law. Born in Accra, she spent her formative years in Ghana. She holds an LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) from the University of Ghana, and a Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property from Africa University, Zimbabwe, and MSc. Food Chain Management from Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of London. She is the first President of Intellectual Property Network - Ghana (an IP Think Tank and Advocacy group) and has represented Ghana at different fora on matters relating to Intellectual Property Rights. She was the first Vice- Chairperson for the 18th and 19th Sessions of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Sarah has served on numerous committees of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) including the Working Group on the Improvement of ARIPO Protocols Relating to Industrial Property, Staff Affairs Committee, Administrative Council and Technical Committee on Industrial Property. Sarah Norkor Anku began her working life as a Research Assistant and National service person at Water Research Institute of CSIR in Ghana and subsequently with the (then) Food and Drugs Board as a Regulatory Officer. After being called to the Ghana Bar, she progressed to Lawfields Consulting as an associate, and then to the Registrar General’s Department as an Assistant Registrar General and a State Attorney. She also worked with the Danish Technological Institute as a Key Expert and IP Consultant on the ACP-EU-TBT Programme in the United Republic of Tanzania. Sarah was recognised for her contribution to the field of IP and organisations at the just ended Litigation & IPR Gorilla conference. The event which served as a platform for professionals in the field to chart the course for IP practice saw Anku.Anku At-Law, where Sarah is a senior partner, being awarded as one of the Top 50 Legal/IP companies globally. Under the leadership of Sarah, the Intellectual Property Network – Ghana, in collaboration with the Registrar-General’s Department, organised the maiden National Intellectual Property Forum, and two subsequent successful Forums. She also led a team, comprising some selected members of staff to establish a procedural framework for the grant of Utility Model Certificates in Ghana, which led to the grant of Ghana’s first Utility Model Certificate. Sarah has contributed significantly to the upgrade of the workflow of the Patent Application Process at the Ghana Industrial Property office, developing a manual for Patent Administration in Ghana, and training support staff to facilitate Patent Administration. Sarah is passionate about using her expertise to support businesses to grow through the effective management of their Intellectual Property. She is a leading voice on IP in Africa and currently leading a campaign to raise public awareness on IP practice and its role in the economic development of countries. She blogs regularly on the subject via her social media handles and also on www.ankuatlaw.com. 10 11