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25 June 2017
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Patent evergreening in the pharmaceutical industry
Von Seidels Attorneys
Pharmaceutical companies typically invest substantial amounts of money into research and development. Their research, however, is not only aimed at discovering new active pharmaceutical ingredients...
Cost of medication threatened by evergreening
Intellectual Property Law
A controversial patent process known as ‘ever-greening’ is being carried out by many pharmaceutical brands, and is preventing medications from being made available as generics, affecting many South...
Email leak exposes IP infringement
Intellectual Property Law
It has been over six years since the government began developing the draft policy on intellectual property (IP) that has been the focus of major public controversy following the PharmaGate scandal,...
IP law secures Zulu brand
Intellectual Property Law
The Zulu Kingdom aims to secure its traditional knowledge and the commercial benefits that can be gained from using distinctive features of the culture under intellectual property (IP) laws. Law...
IPLAA raises concerns
Intellectual Property Law
The Intellectual Property (IP) community of South Africa has raised concerns over the IP Law Amendment Act (IPLAA), which was signed into law by President Jacob Zuma in December. Patent law firm...
05 Jul 2013
How IP laws apply to the Internet
Intellectual Property Law
There is no specific set of rules for the application of intellectual property (IP) laws to material published on the Internet, says law firm Spoor and Fisher IP lawyer Megan Reimers, who explains...
Multifaceted approach to innovation and IP required – lawyer
Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual property (IP) law in South Africa is significantly influenced by societal and economic change, with IP laws being determined by statutes and the common law, says law firm Adam & Adams...
Traditional knowledge to be protected through IP legislation
Intellectual Property
Traditional knowledge (TK), such as folklore, is a controversial topic, and government feels it should be legally protected by making amendments to the intellectual property (IP) statutes. However,...
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