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IPR - PFRD ACT – Friend or Foe? An Insider's View

The Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act (the “IPR-PFRD Act”) remains a hot topic for debate and has, to date, received mixed reviews. We, at the National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO; an office established in terms of the IPR-PFRD Act) believe firmly that much of the negativity around the Act has stemmed from misinformation and as such are touting the mantra that “information is power” and aim to demonstrate that the IPR- PFRD Act is merely a misunderstood friend and should not be regarded as a foe.

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