Intellectual Property

The regulations under the new (or forthcoming) legislation for the protection of Intellectual Property in South Africa need to take account of the points made above.

The workshop recognised that introduction of the current legislation is only one step towards creating an IP environment that provides considerably greater levels of encouragement in SA for both the development and the exploitation of innovation for the good of all its citizens: It will also be necessary to align future legislation and related regulations (including that related to the structure and organisation of the various implementation and regulatory bodies) to this. Government’s capacity to effectively implement, monitor and enforce IP related legislation will also be critical to achieving the desired goals.