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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.