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Fix the Patent Laws Campaign featured in Foreign Affairs

On 18 October, Foreign Affairs featured a profile on the Fix the Patent Laws campaign authored by Fran Quigley. Below is an excerpt from the article: Back in Johannesburg, Mary-Jane Matsolo is wrapping up the training. It has been a whirlwind tour through the TRIPS agreement, South Africa’s problems, and the legal models in India. “Are we […]

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DON’T TRADE AWAY OUR HEALTH – PHARMA ATTEMPTS TO UNDERMINE SOUTH AFRICAN PATENT LAW REFORM & ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE MEDICINES

Johannesburg/New York, August 13, 2015: A submission to the United States Government shows South Africa is facing pressure from the pharmaceutical industry to backtrack on intellectual property (IP) law reform that aims to improve access to medicines in exchange for eligibility for ongoing inclusion in the United States’ African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The […]

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Business Day Editorial: Patents threaten access to vital medicine

This editorial was originally published in the Business Day on 4 August 2015. The original editorial can be accessed at: http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/2015/08/04/patents-threaten-access-to-vital-medicine  ONE of the cornerstones of an effective intellectual property (IP) system is the examination of patent applications. After all, before approving an application, the “invention” in question must meet the legal criteria for what […]

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Parliament publishes Copyright Amendment Bill and revised Protection and Promotion of Investment Bill

Copyright Amendment Bill, 2015 On 28 July 2015, Parliament published the Copyright Amendment Bill for public comment. The Bill, which will amend the Copyright Act 98 of 1978, can be found online here. Submissions on the Bill can be emailed to Meshendri Padayachy at MPadayachy@thdti.gov.za until Thursday, 27 August 2015. Following detailed review of the Bill, the Fix the […]

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LEADING HEALTH ORGANISATIONS JOIN FIGHT FOR AFFORDABLE MEDICINES

Expanded coalition calls for urgent approval of National Policy on Intellectual Property JOHANNESBURG, 2nd JUNE 2015: Today, patient groups and other leading health organisations in South Africa have joined the Fix the Patent Laws campaign to push for reform of the country’s current patent laws that severely restrict access to affordable medicines for all people living […]

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TAC WELCOME PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER JOINING THE FIX THE PATENT LAWS CAMPAIGN

THURSDAY 5th FEBRUARY, CAPE TOWN: Yesterday, on World Cancer Day , People Living With Cancer – a South African support group representing thousands of patients – publically signed on to support the Fix the Patent Laws campaign. The campaign aims to ensure access to affordable medicines for all people living in South Africa including those […]

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TAC, SECTION27 AND MSF APPLAUD INDIA’S REJECTION OF PATENT ON NEW HEPATITIS C MEDICINE

JOHANNESBURG, Tuesday 20th January: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SECTION27 applaud India’s decision to reject a patent application on sofosbuvir, an important new treatment for Hepatitis C. Last Wednesday’s decision paves the way for increased access to more affordable sofosbuvir in India and other countries who choose to implement legal […]

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