South Africa: Draft IP Policy Released

The South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has released the "Draft IP Policy of the Republic of South Africa" (Phase 1). The South African IP Policy has been developed over several years, in consultation with a range of stakeholders and government agencies. It will be implemented in phases, with the first phase focused on select issues notably IP and public health and engagement in global IP policy forums. The IP Policy is expected to be published soon in the South African Government Gazette, at which point comments can be submitted within 60 days of publication.