Fix The Patent Laws

Africa IP Forum postponed

Following an outcry by international civil society about the organisation and programme for the upcoming Africa IP Forum (see details below), individuals that had registered to attend the meeting received notice that the Forum has been postponed. TAC received the email posted below on 24 February: “Dear Delegates, The Africa Intellectual Property Forum organizers would […]

Open letter to the Department of Trade and Industry

In the open letter to the Department of Trade and Industry below, we request a meeting with Minister Rob Davies to discuss (1) South Africa’s IP policy; (2) amendments that South Africa can make to its laws to facilitate access to more affordable generic medicines; and, (3) our concerns around the upcoming Africa IP Summit. […]

South Africa’s Intellectual Property Policy: process for public consultation?

South Africa is currently developing a policy for intellectual property protection in the country. On 19 August 2011 it was reported that Jodi Scholtz, group COO of the DTI stated:  “The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) intends to submit the Intellectual Property (IP) draft policy to Cabinet next month to secure approval to undertake […]

IP summit for Africa?

Civil society responds to the push by US and others to expand IP protections and enforcement through Africa IP Summit in Cape Town From 3 – 5 April, the Africa Intellectual Property Forum: Intellectual Property, Regional Integration and Economic Growth in Africa (‘the Africa IP Summit’) will be held at the International Convention Center in […]

Highlighting medicines affected by strict IP laws: Linezolid

Generic name: Linezolid Brand name: Zyvox and Zyvoxid Cost in South Africa: R282.25 per 600 mg tablet in the public sector and R593.01 per 600 mg tablet in the private sector (SEP ex VAT) Linezolid is used in the treatment of drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) and other serious infections. It is recommended to treat complicated […]

  • About the Campaign

    fix the patent laws
    Fix the Patent Laws is a campaign of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). TAC is a non-profit organisation that seeks to ensure that every person living with HIV has access to quality, comprehensive prevention and treatment services to live a healthy life. Through this blog we will highlight how amending South Africa’s Patents Act 57 of 1978 will reduce the cost of medicines, improving the health and saving the lives of millions of South Africans.

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