[Ip-health] TAC Paper: The Economic & Social Case for Patent Law Reform in S.Africa

Lotti Rutter lotti.rutter at mail.tac.org.za
Thu Feb 13 05:18:09 PST 2014


**Apologies for cross-posting**

http://www.tac.org.za/news/tac-research-paper-economic-social-case-patent-law-reform-south-africa

TAC RESEARCH PAPER: THE ECONOMIC & SOCIAL CASE FOR PATENT LAW REFORM IN
SOUTH AFRICA
Lotti Rutter & Catherine Tomlinson

This updated research paper from the Treatment Action Campaign seeks to
respond with reasoned analysis to a number of inaccurate claims that have
been made by the pharmaceutical industry, particularly following the
PharmaGate scandal. The evidence highlights how South Africa's current
intellectual property system allows exploitation by foreign companies
whilst impeding access to medicines and the growth of our local industry.
Additionally, the paper demonstrates that there is little evidence to back
up industry claims that the adoption of public health safeguards in South
Africa will undermine the development of future medicines.

The IP reforms proposed by the Department of Trade and Industry in South
Africa are not radical. They are moderate, legal, rationale reforms
acknowledged by global institutions including the WTO, WHO and WIPO.
Nothing in the proposed reforms to South Africa's Patent Act will do a way
with patents. Truly innovative new treatments will still be patentable.
Instead, what the Fix the Patent Laws campaign seeks is a more rational
patent regime that takes into account South Africa's health, developmental,
social and economic needs. A regime that is based on relevant evidence
rather than ideology.

You can access the research paper "The Economic and Social Case for Patent
Law Reform in South Africa" here:
http://www.tac.org.za/news/tac-research-paper-economic-social-case-patent-law-reform-south-africa

For more information please contact:
Lotti Rutter
Senior Researcher - Treatment Action Campaign
+27 81 818 8493
lotti.rutter at tac.org.za

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*Lotti Rutter*
Senior Researcher
Policy, Communications and Research

Treatment Action Campaign
Tel: 021 422 1700
Cell: 081 818 8493
Skype: lotti.rutter
Twitter: @FixPatentLaw

www.fixthepatentlaws.org
www.tac.org.za



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