National Policy on Intellectual Property

A draft National Policy on Intellectual Property, 2013, was published in the Government Gazette on 4 September 2013 for public comment. The draft National Policy on Intellectual Property has, inter alia, the following broader objectives:

1. To develop a legal framework on IP that should empower all strata of the citizens of South Africa.

2. To improve and strengthen an enforcement mechanism on IP that will suit all sectors of the IP community.

3. To improve access to IP-based essential goods and services, particularly education, health and food.

4. To increase access to foreign and local technology by local firms and research institutions.

5. To promote research, development and innovation throughout South Africa.

6. To improve the effective protection of IP from South African origin in South Africa and its trading partners through reciprocal arrangements.

7. Introduce a public health perspective into national IP laws and adopt a common and united stand among different government agencies on improving access to medicines.

8. Engender confidence and attract investment.

Comments to the draft National Policy on Intellectual Property, 2013, must be submitted to the Director-General, Department of Trade and Industry, before 4 October 2013.

We will keep you updated on other aspects of the National Policy on IP.  Please feel free to contact us for further information.

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