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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 […]

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South African IP policy approved by Cabinet for public consultation

By Professor Brook K. Baker, Senior Policy Analyst Health GAP This analysis from Professor Baker is in response to the Memorandum issued by TAC and MSF last week and the subsequent news article published in Business Day Live on 8th August found here.  — This is a very positive development, largely resulting from a national […]

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TAC & MSF Memorandum to DTI to urgently Fix the Patent Laws

This is a memorandum dated 7th August delivered to representatives from the Department for Trade and Industry, including Minister Rob Davies, ahead of a workshop in coordination with the WTO, WHO, WIPO calling on the DTI to urgently “Fix the Patent Laws” to improve South Africans’ access to medicines. You can access the original memorandum here. The […]

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SA drug patent laws cost lives

This article was originally published by eNCA on 23rd July 2013 and can be accessed here.  A further interview with MSF Access Campaign Advocacy Officer Julia Hill can also be found there. CAPE TOWN – The country’s patent laws are costing ill people dearly. South Africans are denied access to affordable medication because drug companies […]

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Dancing and tears greet book treaty for blind

This article was originally published by GroundUp on 3 July 2013. The original article can be accessed here By Marcus Low On 22 June a treaty for the blind was heading for disaster as negotiators stalled and refused to budge on hardline positions. Three days later a negotiator stepped out of a boardroom in the […]

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Opening statement by TAC’s Marcus Low at Marrakesh Diplomatic Conference

TAC’s Marcus Low is currently participating in the Marrakesh Diplomatic Conference to conclude a WIPO Treaty to facilitate access to published works by visually impaired persons and persons with print disabilities. The Diplomatic Conference is currently (17 – 28 June) taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco. See below Marcus’s opening statement made on 19 June. Marcus […]

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DTI reneges on IP policy commitments

On 24 April 2013, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies stated that South Africa’s new intellectual property (IP) policy would not be released for public comment any time soon. This starkly contrasts with a number of promises in the past two years, by both the Minister and officials in the Department of Trade and […]

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