Ongoing dialogue

Government needs to be open to ongoing dialogue with stakeholders, particularly in terms of the development of regulations and the implementation of the new legislation, in order to avoid unintended negative consequences and to improve buy-in and early compliance.

Government support for IP development and its exploitation through innovation needs to be seen as an ‘all of government’ initiative and applicable to all South African sectors: The cross-cutting nature of IP as one aspect successful innovation needs to be recognised.

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Related to the above, the various government departments should develop education initiatives for their sectors, with content focussing on the importance of understanding, and compliance with, IP legislation in that sector.