n Without Prejudice - Lessons from a town like Alice : intellectual property
|Article Title||Lessons from a town like Alice : intellectual property|
|© Publisher:||JetBlue Publishers (Pty) Ltd|
|Publication Date||Sep 2010|
|Pages||4 - 7|
Tales of biopiracy of South African natural resources and traditional knowledge have been in the headlines recently. "Town like Alice takes on German 'biopirate'" and "Protection from biopirates", proclaimed the Mail & Guardian. The headlines relate to the revocation of a German company's patent on a method of producing an extract of the South African pelargonium sidoides plant to treat inflammatory diseases and infections. P. sidoides was already widely used by indigenous communities throughout south-eastern Southern Africa for its therapeutic properties.
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