Reinventing intellectual property

Reinventing intellectual property

It won't be easy to claim rights to ancient knowledge of natural medicines like geranium extract. The 'new deal' regarding intellectual property rights is that developing countries may now seek to protect their indigenous knowledge.

For a judge who now specialises in the arcane business of intellectual property, Louis Harms “enjoys” a rather higher profile than he might care for – as he discovered recently on applying for the position of deputy judge president of the Supreme Court of Appeal.

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