Fix The Patent Laws

Invitation to attend TAC and MSF workshop during the Peoples Health Assembly

When: 14:30 – 16:30, Sunday 8 July 2012 Where: Peoples Health Assembly, The University of the Western Cape (UWC), Room TBA Attendance open to all registered participants of the PHA During the 3rd Peoples Health Assembly, to be hosted in Cape Town from 6 – 11 July, the Treatment Action Campaign and Médecins Sans Frontières […]

Law professor at UKZN demonstrates how SA’s patent laws favour foreign companies

In 2011 Professor Yousuf Vawda of the Law Faculty at the University of Kwazulu-Natal wrote an important paper titled ‘Pharmaceutical Innovation, Incremental Patenting and Compulsory Licensing Country Case Study: South Africa’. This report was commissioned by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on the same topic in five developing countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, India and […]

China and others stride ahead on compulsory licensing – where is South Africa?

With recent amendments to its patent laws, China becomes the latest in a string of countries to promote access to medicines through an enhanced compulsory licensing (CL) framework. South Africa must move to develop more effective CL laws of its own. CL is when a government allows someone to produce a patented product or process […]

Invitation to a public lecture at UCT: FIX THE LAW, SAVE OUR LIVES

  A public lecture by Catherine Tomlinson, Senior Researcher for the Treatment Action Campaign and Mara Kardas-Nelson, Access and Innovation Officer for Médecins Sans Frontières   When: 14 June 2012, 18:00 for 18:30        Where: Barnard Fuller, Conference Room 4, University of Cape Town On Thursday, 14 June 2012 the Peoples Health Movement, the Treatment Action […]

  • 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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