DTI’s Draft IP Policy for South Africa out for public comment

On 4 September 2013 the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in South Africa has published its long-awaited DRAFT NATIONAL POLICY ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY  for public comment. Interested persons can now submit written comments on the proposed policy within thirty days from the date of its release. According to the draft, the policy has 18 broad objectives, including promoting development and innovation in the country and improving access to IP-based goods and technologies. The draft policy expressly states that “[n]ational IP laws must be appropriate to the level of development and innovation of the country” – a notable move away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to IP. As mentioned in this article in Intellectual Property Watch we at the IP Unit are very excited to engage with this draft policy as the final policy will shape future lawmaking in the area of IP in South Africa. If you want to comment on the draft IP Policy without having to submit your own document to the DTI please feel free to add your comments into this public Google document.