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South Africa: Jury out on intellectual property laws

from University World News

Will South Africa's Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development (IPR) Act incentivize or bureaucratize innovation at public universities? Some academics are concerned about the law's impacts on international collaboration and open access to research, among other things. But it seems only time will tell. Regulations to the 2008 Act were published after multiple stakeholder consultations and amid ongoing concerns that the legislation, despite its worthy intentions, would impede the flow of knowledge, not only between academics and researchers but also in the public domain. more

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