Fix The Patent Laws

Photos of yesterday’s picket

Photographs from the TAC/MSF picket at Gallagher Estate, directed at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), can be found here. The picket took place on 26 February 2013 during the DTI’s ‘AFrica IP Forum’.

Activists Make Concerns Heard at African IP Forum — Minister Davies Responds —

27 February, MIDRAND – Yesterday, TAC activists picketed at the Africa Intellectual Property (IP) Forum and handed over a memorandum to Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, before his keynote address. Activists were demanding that the draft IP policy, that will lead to patent law reform, be made public. Minister Davies responded that the […]

On eve of ‘Africa IP Forum’, TAC and MSF ask Minister Rob Davies: “Patent law reform is long overdue, where are your proposals?”

        JOHANNESBURG, 25 February – This week the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sponsors a high-level forum to discuss harnessing intellectual property (IP) to encourage African economic development and prosperity. Yet the DTI’s own new draft Policy on Intellectual Property still languishes out of sight and mind for most […]

  • 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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