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South Africa has been under lockdown due to COVID-19 since 27 March 2020. However, as from 1 May 2020, we have moved to an alert level system having levels 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 with level 5 being total lockdown.
We are now at alert level 3 in terms of which we are permitted to be at the office with all those who can work from home, staying home. CIPC ( Intellectual Property Registry) should be returning to near normal staffing levels.
Amidst the recent COVID-19 pandemic, countries are reviving rarely used legislation to ensure that COVID-19 related medicines which could potentially be used against the Coronavirus are available. Will South Africa join the chorus of countries limiting patent rights on Coronavirus-related medicine? Read Article
We are proud to contribute to this article on IP emerging trends. - We asked 14 top IP experts what emerging trends we should expect in 2020. This is what they said.
It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Dr. Hans Hahn passed away on Sunday, 28 June 2020. He will be greatly missed by all of us!