Intellectual Property Policy Phase 1 in Place

Department of Trade and Industry

The Intellectual Property Policy of South Africa Phase 1 has been released.

Cabinet approved the policy at the end of May 2018.

The policy was published for comment in August 2017.

Some of the policy’s goals include enhancing how IP supports small institutions and vulnerable individuals in society, promoting a culture of innovation, promoting local arts and culture and solidifying South Africa’s various international obligations.

The proposed policy will be implemented in a phased approach with the current document constituting phase 1.

Included in the policy is the problem statement, purpose, strategy and the Inter –Ministerial Committee on Intellectual Property.

Phase 1 covers IP and public health and international IP cooperation.

According to the trade and industry department, the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Intellectual Property will now “initiate Phase II by developing a Consultative Framework addressing issues identified in the in-built agenda and deliberate upon the most efficient means of implementing the policy proposals discussed.”

Sabinet Cape Town Office