University of Hertfordshire

  • Thaddeus Manu
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-421
JournalCommonwealth Law Bulletin 
Early online date4 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


This article examines the extent to which African countries could deploy pre-grant patent opposition provisions in their domestic patent regimes to mitigate the abuse of the patent system. The author argues that the public has the right to participate in the patent system in order to oppose the grant of bad patents. Therefore, if African countries were to strengthen legislative provisions on pre-grant opposition civil society and non-governmental organisations that represent the interests and will of citizens would be able to invoke key provisions to challenge any abuse in the patent system in order to protect the public interest

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