Facts and Figures on Patenting and Access in Africa

Given the emphasis that activists and some media and health authorities have placed on patents, we find the results startling (see attached tables). These tables show that few patents exist in sub-Saharan Africa in any of the six categories of products accounting for nearly 50% of mortalities due to communicable diseases.

These statistics demonstrate the reality of the African patent situation, which stands in stark contrast to the statements made by a number of organizations advocating drastic reinterpretations of the TRIPS Agreement. They demonstrate what many have long believed; patents are simply not an obstacle to access in almost every sub-Saharan African nation.

CPT Home IP and Healthcare CPT Page on Patent Coverage of ARVs in Africa.