Monday, 19 September 2011

TK Debate - your views needed

Afro Leo has just heard from the Office of the Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property that the controversial Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill (the "TK Bill") is being debated tomorrow and over the coming weeks.

The debaters urgently need your views!

The Chair has provided all of the background information in a motivational post here. For further information and previous Afro-IP posts, please click here or type in "traditional knowledge" in the search function.

Could you please take a few minutes to vote on the Poll alongside or enter your comments at the bottom of this post?
  • Is TK worthy of protection?
  • Should RSA wait for the WIPO model?
  • Does the Bill need serious re-drafting?
  • The Bill is nearly ready, push on!

1 comment:

IPKenya said...

The point made by the Chair about there not being no shortage of South African experts to assist in drafting the TK cannot be over-emphasised. In fact it has just occurred to me that even the WIPO Director in the Department of Traditional Knowledge and Global Challenges, Dr Konji Sebati, is a South African native!

As for my views on this TK debate, I've blogged about it here:

http://ipkenya.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/africas-tk-debate-sui-generis-versus-intellectual-property-protection-of-traditional-knowledge/