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Notwithstanding some debate, intellectual property remains a necessary tool for social, cultural, economic, and technological development in the 21st century. In this century, the global economy is driven by knowledge and technology, and the market is increasingly recognising intellectual property as a valuable commercial asset and a force for technological innovation. South Africa, among other countries, recognises the role of intellectual property rights in several policy measures related to development, trade, and industrialisation. This article seeks to highlight the significant role of intellectual property rights protection in advancing social, economic, technological, and cultural development in South Africa.