[Ip-health] REMINDER - sign on to open CSO/Academic letter to DTI on South African Patent Law Reform

Lotti Rutter lotti.rutter at mail.tac.org.za
Mon Oct 14 09:13:49 PDT 2013

Hi everyone (apologies for cross posting)

Just a reminder for any more organisations, experts or academics who want
to sign on to the open letter to the South African DTI calling for patent
law reform that will benefit access to medicines in the country.

The deadline is Wednesday 16th October at 11am GMT.

*You can access the letter here: http://www.fixthepatentlaws.org/?p=719*
Thanks to all signed on already - we appreciate your support!


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Lotti Rutter <lotti.rutter at mail.tac.org.za>
Date: 10 October 2013 21:09
Subject: Call for SIGN ON: Open CSO/Academic letter to DTI on South African
Patent Law Reform
To: internationaltreatmentpreparedness at yahoogroups.com,
ip-health at lists.keionline.org, healthgap at lists.critpath.org,
activist at tac.org.za

Hi all, (apologies for cross posting)

On September 4, 2013, the South African Department of Trade and Industry
(DTI) published the Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property, 2013,
for public comment. This draft policy is an important first step toward
reforming the country’s patent laws to better ensure access to affordable
medicines. Amendments to intellectual property systems may occur at a
national level, but they have international ramifications. The pressure is
high for countries to sign up to trade agreements that undermine legal
flexibilities to protect the right to health. South Africa’s draft policy
pushes back against such trends, and should be supported as a positive step
toward striking a balance between recognising intellectual property rights
on one hand, and protecting public health by promoting access and
innovation on the other.

An *open letter* (attached or find the letter online
http://www.fixthepatentlaws.org/?p=719) to the DTI supports a number of
proposed reforms in the draft policy, and offers specific recommendations
for further improvements. The letter welcomes signatures from academics,
experts, civil society and advocacy organisations working on intellectual
property and global health issues, and the promotion of access to
medicines. This letter, with listed endorsements, will be submitted to the
DTI on Thursday, October 17th, which is also the deadline for any independent

*To endorse this letter, please send the following information to
lotti.rutter at gmail.com by Wednesday, October 16th*


*Organisations please provide:*

Organisation name


*Academics/experts please provide:*


Institutional affiliation (if applicable)


This is a huge step forward and we very much appreciate your support on

Thank you!


Lotti Rutter

Treatment Action Campaign

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