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This Handbook brings together scholars from around the world in addressing the global significance of, controversies over and alternatives to intellectual property (IP) today. It brings together over fifty of the leading authors in this field across the spectrum of academic disciplines, from law, economics, geography, sociology, politics and anthropology. This volume addresses the full spectrum of IP issues including copyright, patent, trademarks and trade secrets, as well as parallel rights and novel applications. In addition to addressing the role of IP in an increasingly information based and globalized economy and culture, it also challenges the utility and viability of IP today and addresses a range of alternative futures.

Politics, Law and Discourse: Patents and Innovation in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Politics, Law and Discourse: Patents and Innovation in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Colin Darch
Introduction: South African IP Law and Policy

This chapter, when read together with ‘The Political Economy of Traditional Knowledge, Trademarks and Copyright in South Africa’, also published in this Handbook, is intended to present a broad overview of developments in the various aspects of intellectual property (IP) law and policy in South Africa since the end of the apartheid regime in 1994. Nevertheless, it can also be read in isolation as a discussion of national patent law and practice, together with innovation policy, referring occasionally to exemplary cases from South African jurisprudence. Like its companion text, it links ...

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