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Updates about the Chair, the Members and the IP Unit

Prof Owen Dean peer-selected to list of Best Lawyers in SA

Posted on Nov 18, 2016

Prof Owen Dean peer-selected to list of Best Lawyers in SA

Professor Owen Dean, first incumbent of the Chair of IP Law, Emeritus Professor and current Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University has again been selected by his peers in legal practice for inclusion in the 8th edition of the list of best lawyers in South Africa in the practice area of Intellectual Property Law. The Best Lawyers ranking is widely recognised as the oldest and most esteemed peer-review publication in the legal profession and inclusion in the list is a significant honour bestowed on the recipient by their peers after a confidential process of peer review. Many...

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IP Public Lecture 2016 – Comparative Brand Advertising

Posted on Aug 4, 2016

IP Public Lecture 2016 – Comparative Brand Advertising

THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED The Chair of Intellectual Property Law presents the annual IP Law Public Lecture 2016 with Charles Webster, partner at Spoor & Fisher and frequent contributor to the intellectual property law programmes (LLM, PGDip and Short Course) at Stellenbosch University. Charles’ lecture on Comparative Brand Advertising: the legal do’s and don’ts promises to be of significant value to all trade mark practitioners and brand managers and indeed everyone with an interest in promoting their goods or services in a competitive environment. Charles’ wide...

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Prof Mostert receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on May 26, 2014

Prof Mostert receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Prof Frederick Mostert, extraordinary professor at Stellenbosch University and Academic Fellow of this Chair, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Luxury Law Summit 2014 for his contribution to the luxury industry according to a report by the Global Legal Post here. Prof Mostert’s career as legal professional includes many significant contributions to legal development across the world, among others the recent landmark case involving a brand from the Richemont stable which resulted in a successful defence of IP rights in the digital environment. (This matter was recently...

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Interview: Prof Dean on Afropop Worldwide

Posted on May 5, 2014

Interview: Prof Dean on Afropop Worldwide

Afropop Worldwide, the radio programme and online magazine dedicated to music from Africa, interviewed Prof Dean about his personal experiences during the protracted Mbube/Lion Sleeps Tonight case, how he managed to persevere despite a myriad of obstacles and his book on this case. The interview is part of the Hip Deep special programme series funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is distributed by Afropop Worldwide to more than 115 radio stations in the USA, Europe and Africa. You can listen to the interview here or on SoundCloud below (at...

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Judging IP Law

Posted on Dec 4, 2013

Judging IP Law

On Monday this week (2 December 2013) the President of the Republic appointed several new judges to the courts of South Africa including, most notably, Maria (Mabel) Jansen SC. It is with pleasure, and no small measure of pride, that this Chair conveys its congratulations to Judge Jansen on being elevated to the South Gauteng High Court (formerly the Johannesburg High Court) and wishes her well. Following the retirement of Judge Louis Harms from the Supreme Court of Appeal, this Chair (and many others) lamented the lack of IP expertise on the bench in South Africa. For this reason, the...

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News Media: Prof Dean on plain packaging

Posted on May 31, 2013

News Media: Prof Dean on plain packaging

In the past three days, six articles appeared in six different national newspapers referring to Prof Dean’s landmark inaugural lecture at Stellenbosch University regarding the unconstitutional impact of Government’s proposed ban on tobacco branding on trade mark property rights. Prof Dean was also interviewed on this topic by 702 Talk radio (listen here) and 567 Cape Talk (listen here) on this topic. The full text and podcast of Prof Dean’s inaugural lecture is available here. Click on an image to enlarge:   CAPE ARGUS – 29 May CAPE TIMES – 31 May DIE...

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