Fix The Patent Laws

Intellectual Property Policy Incoherence at the African Union Threatens Access to Medicines – Proposed Pan-African IP Organization a Terrible Idea

              Image from Northeastern University School of Law Professor Brook K. Baker, Policy Analyst Health GAP September 26, 2012 In a stunning development, following an obscure vote of Heads of State at the Africa Union in 2007 (Assembly Council/AU/Dec. 138(VIII)), the AU Scientific, Technical, and Research Commission has proposed […]

Bayer’s attempt to block generic production of Sorafenib rejected; case on India’s first compulsory license still to be heard in court

Image from MSF Access Campaign Last week, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board of India rejected an attempt by the pharmaceutical company Bayer to stop the generic company Natco from producing a generic version of Sorafenib, used to treat liver and kidney cancer, while a court case over the country’s first compulsory license is deliberated.

The Lancet publishes important article on patent law and health

The medical journal The Lancet has published an insightful summery of current legal challenges to India’s patent law. The authors argue that “pending cases against India’s patent laws threaten public health and misinterpret international intellectual property agreements”. This is also our view.

Fire in the Blood

A tribute to the strength of sustained, global activism for affordable medicines Fire in the Blood trailer v3jul12 from Fire in the Blood on Vimeo. The 2012 film Fire in the Blood depicts the battle between HIV treatment activists (for access to affordable antiretroviral medicines) and the pharmaceutical industry (for the protection of their patents […]

Minister Motsoaledi’s speech on competition and healthcare

Minister Motsoaledi made the keynote speech at the 6th Annual Conference on Competition Laws. In the speech he pointed to the success of measures to protect competition in improving access to HIV treatment and prevention in the country. His full speech can be found here

  • 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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