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Friday, 12 December 2014
RSA: Cabinet approves the introduction of the Plant Breeders Rights Amendment Bill to Parliament
Legalbrief Today reports here that on 10 December 2014 Cabinet has approved the tabling of the Plant Breeders Rights Amendment Bill to parliament. The Cabinet media statement is available here for those who want to go directly to the official government source of this information. This Leo found all the other information contained in the statement, especially that pertaining to the recent goings-on in Parliament, rather entertaining distracting. In 2011 a draft Bill was gazetted for public comment and several parties such as SAIIPL submitted their comments. Further work was done on the Bill and a 2013 version of the Bill (available here) was then gazetted for public comment (Gen Notice 407 GG36392/26-4-2013). Again, several parties, such as Biowatch, submitted their comments. The version of the Bill that will be tabled before Parliament will hopefully address the concerns raised by such comments.
Plant Breeders Rights Policy here