Fix The Patent Laws

Public Consultation on Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property – 27th Sept

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SECTION27 invite their members, and interested members of the public and local media to attend a consultation regarding the Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property, 2013, which was recently released by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for public comment. Consultations will take place […]

The IP Debate – Let’s not be fooled…

By Professor Yousuf Vawda, School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal Those opposed to the introduction of substantive patent examination in South Africa (and increased IP protection over medicines and other innovations) base their arguments on flawed assumptions:   1. ‘It is highly unlikely that patent applications which have been granted in developed countries would be refused […]

DTI’s draft IP policy lays foundation to prevent abusive patenting

Health groups call for wide public consultation  Johannesburg, 9 September – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SECTION27 welcome the announcement that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has called for public comment on the long-overdue draft National Policy on Intellectual Property (IP). The DTI has taken heed of  calls […]

  • 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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