Fix The Patent Laws

Opening remarks by Mark Heywood and Vuyiseka Dubula to global activist meeting on the medicines patent pool and voluntary licenses

JOHANNESBURG, 9 NOVEMBER 2012 Thank you all for coming and welcome to Johannesburg. We are joined today by over 40 activists from all parts of the world, including organisations of people living with HIV, MSF, as well as individual experts and lawyers who have fought for the rights of people to access affordable quality medicines. […]

LDCs request an indefinite extension of the transition period to comply with TRIPS

By Lieve Vanleeuw The Council for Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, or “Council for Trips”, on November 7, 2012 received a request from least developed country members for an extension of their transition period under article 66.1 of the TRIPS agreement. Article 66.1 recognises the “need and requirements of least-developed country members, their […]

SOUTH AFRICA: Easy patents cost patients

Republished from IRIN Plus News. This article was originally published on 5 November at By Laura Lopez Gonzalez JOHANNESBURG, 5 November 2012 (PlusNews) – South Africa grants almost every patent application it receives, making its patent regime one of the world’s most lenient. While pharmaceutical companies cash in, patients face staggering healthcare costs, and […]

Patent on Pegylated Interferon alpha 2a revoked in India

This article was originally printed on MSF Access Campaign’s blog ‘Don’t Trade Away Our Lives’ on 2 November Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB), Chennai (India) has set aside the patent granted to Roche for pegylated interferon alfa-2a (sold by Roche under the brand name Pegasys). The invention (interferon alpha-2a + polyethyleneglycol) was held to be […]

  • 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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