Strategic Patenting of Pharmaceutical Inventions and the Public’s Right to Access Medicines: The South African Context

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dc.contributor.author Hobololo, Vuyisile
dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-18T17:20:20Z
dc.date.available 2016-01-18T17:20:20Z
dc.date.issued 2015-12-15
dc.identifier.citation Hobololo, V. (2015). Strategic patenting of pharmaceutical inventions and the public’s right to access medicines: The South African context. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 16, 78-81. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19317 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-7213 (online version)
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/19317
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19317
dc.description.abstract Pharmaceutical firms’ use of strategic patenting to influence the markets within which their patented inventions sit is legally questionable. Such patenting entails filing patents with the intention of blocking potential competitors from innovating and/or being granted patents within niche technology areas of interest to the patentee. Under this practice, patentees are potentially able to extend the breadth and duration of their monopoly power in the pharmaceutical market sub-sector within which that invention sits. Such practices take on a clear public interest element if they undermine affordable public access to medicines. This thematic report outlines forms of strategic patenting, analyses the degree to which the South African legal system provides remedies against such patenting, and proposes ways forward for South Africa to prevent such practices. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject patents, pharmaceuticals, strategic patenting, public interest, access, compulsory licensing, competition, South Africa en_ZA
dc.title Strategic Patenting of Pharmaceutical Inventions and the Public’s Right to Access Medicines: The South African Context en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
ddi.method policy review
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19317


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    Thematic Issue: African Intersections between Intellectual Property Rights and Knowledge Access

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