PRETORIA– South Africa is in the process of developing its intellectual property policy so it can better contribute to the country’s development objectives, according to a joint statement issued here by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and two United Nations bodies.
The dti, together with other ministries forming the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Intellectual Property (IMCIP), is developing the policy to help the country meet the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP), National Industrial Policy Framework and various iterations of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP).
Representatives from the main constituents of Intellectual Property (IP) policy, such as government representatives, civil society, business, patient groups, academia and the United Nations, held a consultative workshop last week in order to garner perspectives on the draft policy.
This is crucial to enable government to develop a balanced, evidence based policy, said the statement from the dti and UN agencies.
The three-day workshop was organized by the dti, in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It was one of numerous public engagement processes which would inform the IP policy document.
Interested parties have until Nov 17 to submit written comments on the draft policy which was published in August.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK