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The official blog of the Chair of Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Law and How it Applies to Sport Events

Posted on Apr 9, 2019

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 protection for sporting events in South African law, with a focus on the developments and the Cricket World Cup 2019 as an example.    Introduction Major sports are big business and vast sums of money are involved in staging sport events. This global trend was brought into sharp focus in South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The 2010 FIFA World Cup provided an excellent example of the role that branding plays in major sports, and how it can benefit the organisers of major sporting events and the...

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World IP Day 2019: Reach for Gold

Posted on Mar 27, 2019

World IP Day 2019: Reach for Gold

On 25 April 2019 the Chair of IP Law, in cooperation with Innovus, will celebrate World IP Day with a public seminar on the theme Reach for Gold: IP and Sport. The seminar will include discussions on the sports nutrition, cutting-edge technologies in sports, high performance technology support, sport concussion diagnosis and the rise of e-sports. The event will allow attendees to encounter a variety of groundbreaking innovations and is followed by a cocktail reception. The event is sponsored by IP law firms Spoor & Fisher and Von Seidels. Attendance is free and open to the public, subject...

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Great Listening: Discourse on the Copyright Amendment Bill

Posted on Jan 30, 2019

Great Listening: Discourse on the Copyright Amendment Bill

Prof Sadulla Karjiker, the incumbent Chair of IP Law, joined Hugh Melamdowitz, partner at Spoor & Fisher, and Wiseman Ngubo, head of legal and business Affairs for CAPASSO (Composers, Authors and Publishers Association) on Classic FM 1027’s Classic Business to discuss the diversity of views on the latest draft of the Copyright Amendment Bill. Listen to the podcast below or click here to visit the website. Follow Share on...

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IP Rights perspective: Ubuntu Baba v Woolworths

Posted on Jan 10, 2019

IP Rights perspective: Ubuntu Baba v Woolworths

Prof Owen Dean discussed the recent controversy about the Ubuntu Baba baby carrier and a similar Woolworths product with Azania Mosaka on 702 Radio to explain how IP rights may find application in similar circumstances. You can read extracts of the interview, or listen to the full interview below, or visit the 702 page.     Follow Share on...

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Copyleft Amendments to Copyright

Posted on Nov 26, 2018

Copyleft Amendments to Copyright

So called “state capture” is a concept which currently dominates current public discourse. It represents the usurpation and domination of the powers of the state by the Zuma/Gupta alliance. State capture, albeit in a different form, has occurred in the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in regard to its custodianship of intellectual property. Beginning in the late nineteen nineties, with the advent to power in Trade and Industry of Minster Alex Erwin, a “third force” has assumed control of this important area of the law with untoward consequences to its well-being. The third force...

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The technical function exclusion in design law

Posted on Nov 9, 2018

The technical function exclusion in design law

The DOCERAM/CeramTec-case (C-395/16) is the first case dealing with the meaning of the “technical function” exclusion in relation to Community designs. The CJEU’s judgment provides an interpretation of Article 8(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No. 6/2002 on Community designs (the “Regulation”) – and hence, indirectly, also of Article 7(1) of Directive 98/71/EC on the legal protection of designs – which provides that “a design right shall not subsist in features of appearance of a product which are solely dictated by its technical function.” Such...

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