International Development Law Organization

South Africa


Twenty years of stable democratic government after the end of apartheid have not succeeded in eliminating poverty, violent crime, and glaring disparities in income and educational opportunities in South Africa.

Mass unemployment and an economy that is yet to fully recover from the 2009 recession have given rise to calls for the government to improve the business and investment climate in the country.

Protecting IP Rights in South Africa

For more than a decade, we have been working with developing and transition economies to help them comply with their obligations under the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). South Africa is the latest country to benefit from IDLO’s expertise. In October 2013, we conducted a course in Johannesburg, with the participation of representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, and other key institutions.

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