Botswana

Botswana

Welcome to the Botswana homepage of the SARPAM Trade, TRIPS and Access to Medicines (TTAtM) project.

You will find existing IP legislation and amendments on the Botswana legislation page.

The need to amend the 2010 IP legislation was identified by the National AIDS Council, which contracted a report on the impact of Botswana’s IP Act on access to medicines, especially ARVs. See here.

UNDP, SARPAM and the Botswana Government (represented by MOH) then agreed on a concept note for a national workshop. The workshop page provides access to the presentations, report and action plan, which was approved by the Botswana Government.

A Technical Working Group is now tasked to bring the legal amendments to Cabinet and Parliament for approval. The process was slowed down by the reorganization of the national IP Office into the new autonomous Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) office.

Readers are welcome to respond to the issues at the Forum page.

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