Getachew M. Alemu
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Getachew Mengistie Alemu is an intellectual property (IP) expert, who lends his expertise to a wide range of countries and organizations. He has worked in over 20 countries. He successfully implemented projects supported by regional and international organizations including the European Union, UNDP, UNECA, the World Bank and the World Intellectual Property Organization. He drafted the national IP policies, laws, and development plans of a number of African countries; executed projects that demonstrated the significance of the IP system in supporting the realization of national development goals, meeting the needs of small business enterprises and farmers; and defeating the erroneaous perception that protection of intellectual property is not in the interest of developing countries. He served as a resource person and made presentations at national, regional and international conferences and workshops organized in over 40 countries. He also designed and implemented capacity building programs and offered IP trainings in several countries. A lawyer by training, Getachew directed the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office as the first Director General and was the driving force in developing Ethiopia's intellectual property system from scratch. He has authored or co-authored over 25 works published in books and international journals.