IAM Patent 1000 2021

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South Africa

The hot news in South Africa is the Intellectual Property Policy (Phase 1), which was presented to Parliament on 3 November 2020 by the deputy director general of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition. Among other things, the policy aims to encourage innovation and empower domestic stakeholders to take...

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The hot news in South Africa is the Intellectual Property Policy (Phase 1), which was presented to Parliament on 3 November 2020 by the deputy director general of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition. Among other things, the policy aims to encourage innovation and empower domestic stakeholders to take advantage of the country’s IP system. The downside, however, is that although the progression of legislation has been outlined and a Draft Patents Amendment Bill has been drawn up, it still needs to be submitted to the cabinet for approval and there is no indication of when this is expected to take place. In the meantime, practitioners have a lot to sink their teeth into, courtesy of the country’s thriving life sciences and technology industries, as they keep a watchful eye out for further updates regarding the IP Policy.

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