South Africa Hopes New Bill Brings Traditional Knowledge Protection
IP Watch, 17 May 2012

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill currently awaiting the signature of South African President Jacob Zuma is an ambitious piece of legislation that aims to provide protective mechanisms for indigenous knowledge in South Africa. The bill is far-reaching and aims to improve the livelihoods of indigenous knowledge holders and communities, benefit the national economy, prevent bio-piracy, provide a legal framework for protection and empower local communities and prevent exploitation of indigenous knowledge. Meanwhile, the main critique of the bill is that it incorporates traditional knowledge into existing law, rather than creating a separate act. Critics agree that while the idea behind the legislation is laudable, the imprecise nature of certain provisions is problematic. Read the article …

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