"The Development Chair of Intellectual Property Law at Stellenbosch University"

The custodian of IP in South Africa

RESEARCH

Our first core function is to produce the highest level of academic research output in all areas of Intellectual Property (IP) Law, and to serve the University in this capacity. To this end the Chair has introduced two unique post-graduate programmes in IP Law to offer the highest level of IP legal tuition possible, stimulate the volume of academic research in these fields and widen access to legal eduction in this field. The introduction of the LLM (IP Law) and the PGDip (IP Law) is a first for a South African University and has established Stellenbosch University as the leading tertiary institute …

PROMOTE

Our second core function is the promotion of South African Intellectual Property (IP) both locally and abroad. It is without doubt that South African legal development has neglected the field of Intellectual Property Law and, therefore, one of the goals of the Chair is to ensure our laws are brought in step with International Intellectual Property Law. To this end, the Chair offers its assistance to Government to help draft and pass the necessary legislation, and to advise against the introduction of unfounded statutes …

PROTECT

Our third core function is the protection of Intellectual Property (IP) Rights at Stellenbosch University as well as the rigorous protection of Intellectual Property Law itself against unsound legal developments or practice trends that flow from underdeveloped doctrine, political motivation or careless legal harmonisation. Through its close ties with the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the Department of Trade and Industry …

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Intellectual Property Law and How it Applies to Sport Events

In this special World IP Day article, Prof Owen Dean revisits the theme of IP rights...

World IP Day 2019: Reach for Gold

On 25 April 2019 the Chair of IP Law, in cooperation with Innovus, will celebrate World...

IP Rights perspective: Ubuntu Baba v Woolworths

Prof Owen Dean discussed the recent controversy about the Ubuntu Baba baby carrier and a...

Copyleft Amendments to Copyright

So called “state capture” is a concept which currently dominates current public...

The technical function exclusion in design law

The DOCERAM/CeramTec-case (C-395/16) is the first case dealing with the meaning of the...

Is Plagiarism Unlawful?

INTRODUCTION “Plagiarism” is a much misunderstood and misused term in common...

Commissioned works – with special reference to literary works

There is a common misconception concerning copyright works, namely, that the person who...

The Plagiarist on Trial – a legal perspective on plagiarism

In an attempt to circumscribe the range of “nefarious conduct”[1] that may amount to...

Full comments: Copyright Amendment Bill 2018

Following its comprehensive review and comments submitted on the 2015 and 2017 versions...

Book Launch: Owen Dean’s latest novel Summit Syndrome

Prof Owen Dean’s latest work, The Summit Syndrome, is still fresh off the presses...

LES IP Valuation Course

The Licensing Executives Society (LES) of South Africa , in collaboration with Parallel...

MaXhosa v Zara

Prof Owen Dean recently discussed the likelihood of legal action by Laduma Ngxokolo...

Full Stop Ahead: Public interest in blocking digital content

It makes for the perfect ideological storm when IP law and ICT law meet and the right to...

BEPS and Intangibles: How does it impact IP tax structures?

Intangible assets constitute a major value-driver for multi-national enterprises...

Copyright in taste? CJEU to decide.

“Whether copyright protection protects tastes has been stirring up emotions in...