Wednesday, 11 December 2013

South Africa: IP protection of traditional knowledge: Act gazetted

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act, 28 of 2013 was gazetted on 10 December 2013 (Government Gazette 37148). It amends various pieces of IP legislation to cater for the protection of traditional knowledge. It has come under severe criticism by many, including Prof Owen Dean, and has been countered by the introduction of a Private Member's Bill by the Democratic Alliance's Dr WIlmot James (the Protection of Traditional Knowledge Bill). What has become of this bill and its future prospects will be the subject of another post, in the near future. 
The IP Laws Amendment Act will come into force at a date to be promulgated. 

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