South Africa’s patent law

South Africa’s patent laws threaten access to future COVID-19 medicines

Johannesburg, 18th May — In a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa published today, the Fix the Patent Laws (FTPL) coalition outlined major concerns about South Africa’s ability to access future treatments or vaccines for COVID-19. They point out that the country’s outdated patent laws ensure that when effective treatments become available, they will likely be too […]

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COVID-19: The time for procrastination over patents is over

This article was originally published in Spotlight here. 20th April 2020 | Prof Yousuf Vawda and Prof Brook K. Baker The path to patent law reform in South Africa has been long and arduous. But the need for finalisation of legislation is now even more urgent given the COVID-19 pandemic and the expected rush to […]

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COVID-19: Patent victories from HIV fight are now more relevant than ever

This article was originally published on Spotlight here. 15th April 2020 | Catherine Tomlinson Around the turn of the century developing countries, led by African countries, dramatically fought for and won safeguards to promote access to medicines in international trade law. These safeguards are now being heralded by lawmakers around the world as critical legal […]

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WIPO conference an insult to people who died of AIDS

Johannesburg, 24 October 2018 – This week South Africa is hosting a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) conference titled “Respect for IP – Growing from the Tip of Africa. Amongst others this conference will discuss “how intellectual property crime can be treated with higher priority by police authorities to ensure the safety of the public.” […]

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New laws needed now to save lives: FTPL statement on new IP policy

Intellectual property policy welcomed after nine years of development JOHANNESBURG, 31 MAY 2018 – Yesterday, after nine years of development, the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) finally published the Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of South Africa, Phase I. The policy has been adopted by cabinet and as such represents official government policy, […]

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South African Cabinet Approves New Intellectual Property Policy

  The Fix the Patent Laws Coalition (FTPL) welcomes the news today that the Cabinet of the Government of South Africa has approved the new Intellectual Property (IP) Policy. After nine years of policy development, two different draft policies and various rounds of public consultation, we now finally have an agreed-upon government policy that can […]

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In loving memory of Sue Johnson (04/04/1954 – 16/05/2018)

It is with immense sadness that the Fix the Patent Laws (FTPL) Coalition shares the news of the passing of a dear friend and brave patient advocate, Sue Johnson. Sue was a mother of two children and grandmother to two girls. She was born in the UK and moved to South Africa in 1983, where […]

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