The Stellenbosch Chair of Intellectual Property (CIP) has repeatedly, thoroughly and honestly expressed its views (click here to read the blog post) on the proposed Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill (the Traditional Knowledge Bill) in no uncertain terms. Its labours have included extensive research on the consequences for our IP regime if it was to become law, the financial, legal and practical difficulties our legal system will face in its wake and the dismissive attitude of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry toward every legitimate concern from the public. The incumbent Chair even went so far as to attend the largest gathering of IP experts and practitioners at the AIPPI conference in Korea, where the Bill met with nothing but scorn and ridicule from the worldwide IP community.
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Written by Cobus Jooste, Fellow of the Chair of Intellectual Property, Faculty of Law: Stellenbosch University