TAC calls on the Department of Trade and Industry to submit the IP policy to Cabinet at its next sitting in January 2013
For years, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has been drafting an intellectual property (IP) policy that reviews all IP-related legislation in South Africa. Noting with concern the high price of medicines in South Africa, TAC has closely followed the DTI’s development of the policy, which could recommend that South Africa utilize key legal […]
Republished from Times Live. This article was originally published on 6 December at http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2012/12/06/review-medicine-patents By Katharine Child HEALTH activists say South Africa’s patent system allows pharmaceutical companies to license any drug they wish, making many medicines prohibitively expensive. They are calling for a review of the system to prevent what they term “abuse”.
Important new paper describes why and how India set up a patent examination system The South African patent office does not substantively examine patent applications. As long as administrative requirements are met, patents are usually granted. As a result, many patents of poor quality are granted. A University of Pretoria study estimated that had the […]