Publications

Articles, reviews and commentary by the members of the Chair

Open Letter – Plain Packaging Legislation and the Constitution

Posted on Jul 31, 2014

Open Letter – Plain Packaging Legislation and the Constitution

NOTE: The following open letter has been delivered by email to the office of the Minister of Health of the Republic of South Africa on 31 July 2014. The contents of this letter is published here in furtherance of the debate on plain packaging legislation and the potential impact on the Constitutional rights of the proprietor. OPEN LETTER 31 July 2014 The Honourable Minister of Health Dr Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi Civitas Building Corner of Thabo Sehume and Struben Streets Private Bag X828 PRETORIA 0001   Dear Dr Motsoaledi, RE: PREVENTION OF USE OF TRADE MARKS ON PACKAGING FOR...

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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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IP Public Lecture – Hacking Back and Hot Pursuit

Posted on Mar 25, 2014

IP Public Lecture – Hacking Back and Hot Pursuit

THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED Please contact us for a transcript of the lecture. The Chair of Intellectual Property Law will present its annual public lecture on 15 April 2014 with Dr Frederick Mostert, Chief Legal Counsel for the Richemont Group of companies which include Cartier, Montblanc, Alfred Dunhill and Van Cleef & Arpels. The topic of Dr Mostert’s address is “Hacking Back and Hot Pursuit to Protect IP Assets – a Scoop on the TradeKey Case”. In an age of digital threats, Dr Mostert will discuss the potential methods to protect intellectual property rights online. From the...

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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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Government’s reflections on the world of Intellectual Property

Posted on Sep 30, 2013

Government’s reflections on the world of Intellectual Property

INTRODUCTION Have you ever basked in the warm sunshine of a glorious summer’s day, in daydreaming mode, and allowed your mind simply to wander at random? You start with a thought, you turn it over in your mind, and then a point is reached where you go off at a tangent and muse over some largely unrelated thought, only to be diverted in yet another direction. Eventually you may go the full circle and come back momentarily to the point of departure, before heading off again elsewhere. Daydreaming can be a very pleasant experience and it has the beauty that you do not have to make any...

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