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South Africa: Intellectual property rights failing

from University World News

South Africa's current intellectual property rights regime is failing to support the national system of innovation and is actively disadvantaging local inventors while facilitating exploitation by foreign interests, according to new research to be published in the South African Journal of Science. Analyzing data based on university patent registrations, the authors show that only 58 out of the 280 patents registered in South Africa by academics between 1996 and 2006 — in other words, 20 percent of cases — secured international protection. more


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