World IP Day 2019: Reach for Gold

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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 to RSVP.

Date: 25 April 2019

Time: 17:00

Venue: Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS), 10 Marais Street, Stellenbosch.  Location: 

RSVP: (by 23 April)

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IP Public Lecture 2018 – Patent Enforcement Lessons for SA Policy Development

Posted by on Jul 22, 2018 in Events, Publications | Comments Off on IP Public Lecture 2018 – Patent Enforcement Lessons for SA Policy Development

IP Public Lecture 2018 – Patent Enforcement Lessons for SA Policy Development


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The annual Intellectual Property Law Public Lecture, presented by the Chair of IP Law and the Faculty of Law, will take place on 16 August 2018.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Ann will deliver the lecture on the topic Patent Enforcement – lessons for SA policy development. He will discuss the link between a meaningful patent system and the ability to effectively enforce patent rights. In light of the proposed changes to the South African patent system, his topic is particularly relevant and will include lessons learned by the EU patent examination system to illustrate the need for a sound enforcement mechanism.

The lecture is open to the public and attendance is free, subject to RSVP. A cocktail reception will follow after the lecture. The event is sponsored by Spoor & Fisher and LexisNexis.

Date: 16 August 2018

Time: 17:30 for 18:00

Venue: Stellenbosch University Faculty of Law, Ou Hoofgebou, JC de Wet Hall

Directions: click here (external link)

RSVP: by 13 August 2018.


About the speaker

Professor Christoph Ann holds the chair of Corporate and IP Law ( at Technical University of Munich (TUM), School of Management. While TUM has been ranked one of Germany’s top three universities for quite some time, TUM School of Management was ranked Germany’s #1 Research Business School in recent years.

Prof. Ann earned law degrees in Germany and the U.S. (LL.M., Duke ’88). He practiced corporate law as an attorney in Munich and Erlangen and from 2000-2003 taught IP law as a full Professor of Law at Freiburg University’s Faculty of Law, then Germany’s #1 law school.

From 2001-2003, he also served as a judge on the Mannheim Regional Court’s renowned IP Infringement Panel with jurisdiction over the technologically eminent German state of Baden-Württemberg. In 2018, he was nominated for elevation to the bench of the German Federal Court of Justice. He declined the honour in order to stay in academia, where he teaches IP Law at both TUM and the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC). There, he also serves on the (managing) Project Board.

Prof. Ann often teaches abroad and has done so at universities in Australia, France, Hungary, Japan, and the U.S.. He is an adjunct professor at GWU Law School (Wahsington D.C.) and at La Trobe University, School of Law (Melbourne), and currently serves as Distinguished Guest Professor (Global) at Keio University, Graduate School of Law (Tokyo).

Prof. Ann’s academic focus are Patents & Trade Secrets including Licensing and Competition Law and their respective business environments (IP strategy and IP management). His publications include 7 books and more than 150 contributions to books and journals. His Patentrecht’s (Patent Law) latest edition (7thed, 2016) is the most comprehensive German treatise on patent law. Many call it the German speaking world’s leading book in the field.

Prof. Ann is a listed Neutral with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, chairman of the Nuremberg Chamber of Commerce’s Standing Court of Commercial Arbitration and has served as an arbitrator for ICC, UNCITRAL, and the German Arbitration Institution (DIS). He frequently serves as an expert for German and European Patent Law and Licensing Agreements.

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Book Launch: Owen Dean’s latest novel Summit Syndrome

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in Events | Comments Off on Book Launch: Owen Dean’s latest novel Summit Syndrome

Book Launch: Owen Dean’s latest novel Summit Syndrome

Prof Owen Dean’s latest work, The Summit Syndrome, is still fresh off the presses and is already attracting wide attention and resounding praise (read more here). This fictional courtroom drama is inspired by a real and fascinating copyright infringement/plagiarism case in SA and is a riveting read for everyone.

Protea Bookshop will host a launch of the book on Saturday 23 June in the form of an interview with Prof Dean about  the story behind the story and the many peaks along the journey from renowned IP practitioner and leading academic to novelist.

The event is open to the public. See details below or click here. Get directions to the event.




LES IP Valuation Course

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Events | Comments Off on LES IP Valuation Course

LES IP Valuation Course

The Licensing Executives Society (LES) of South Africa , in collaboration with Parallel North – Sweden, will be hosting a  course on intellectual property valuation under the theme “Realising Value from Intangible Assets”.

To be an expert IP valuator, you need to understand IP rights, commercial considerations and in the South African context also regulatory issues. It is not simply benchmarking of royalties or all valuations being the same. Each IP valuation must make sense within its environment. During this two-day course, you will learn the basics of IP valuation, its impact and how to apply it using your own case studies.

Venue: Lord Charles Hotel, Broadway Blvd & Main Rd, Heldervue, Cape Town, 7130

Dates: 28 to 29 June 2018

Register before 10 June 2018.


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Movie Screening #worldipday

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Events, Publications | Comments Off on Movie Screening #worldipday

Movie Screening #worldipday

To celebrate world IP day, Stellenbosch University, Innovus, the Chair of IP Law and Spoor & Fisher will host a private screening of the film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on 25 April to coincide with the World IP Day Seminar, which will start later on the same day.

The film, starring Oprah Winfrey, is based on the award winning non-fiction book of the same title by Rebecca Skloot. It documents the story of Henrietta Lacks, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in the 1950s, and whose HeLa cells  would change the course of cancer treatment.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a film not just about scientific breakthroughs, but also highlights the ethical issues of race and class in medical research in the 20th century.

The screening is free and open to students. Seating limited.

Date: 25 April

Time: 12:30

Venue: PULP Cinema, Neelsie Student Centre, Stellenbosch.


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World IP Day Public Seminar: Powering Change

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in Events, Publications | Comments Off on World IP Day Public Seminar: Powering Change

World IP Day Public Seminar: Powering Change

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On 25 April 2018 the Chair of IP Law at the Faculty of Law, and Innovus, marked World IP Day by hosting a public seminar followed by a Q&A panel session on the theme Powering change: Stellenbosch womxn in innovation and creativity.

The focus of this seminar was the people behind the innovation, creativity and social impact that underlies IP rights in South Africa and the value of inspired work.

It highlighted the personal journeys, views and experiences of six remarkable women who have made, and continue to make, an impact on society by finding novel solutions to some of the challenges faced by South Africans, particularly African and South African women.

The speakers at the seminar had an open forum to recount the challenges they have faced, discuss the innovative steps they have taken to overcome academic or professional obstacles and reflect on the role of women and the value of creativity for society.

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Sonia Human – Professor in the Department of Private Law, Emeritus Dean of the Faculty of Law at Stellenbosch University and Lecturer in Family Law with a focus on children’s rights.


Thuli Madonsela – Professor in the Department of Public Law and Faculty Trust Chair in Social Justice at Stellenbosch University and former Public Protector of South Africa.


Anna-Mart Engelbrecht – Professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences, Founder and Group Leader of the Cancer Research Group at Stellenbosch University and recipient of the Marie Curie Scholarship of the European Union and the Lasec Award for Excellence in Physiology Research from the Physiological Society of Southern Africa.


Madelein Kleyn – Research Fellow of the Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property Law, Lecturer in Patent and Design Law at Stellenbosch University, Chemical Engineer and Patent Attorney, council member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Lawyers, Group Company Secretary and Group General Manager: Legal and Intellectual Property to Oro Agri.


Anita Nel – Chief Executive Officere of Innovus, Office of Technology Transfer at Stellenbosch University, Senior Director: Innovation and Business Development at SU and former investment manager at a venture capital company.


Jetane Charsley – Director: Regulatory and Compliance at the National Intellectual Property Management Office.





Inaugural Lecture: Prof Sadulla Karjiker

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Inaugural Lecture: Prof Sadulla Karjiker

The investiture of Professor Sadulla Karjiker will take place on Thursday 28 September 2017 during his inaugural lecture as professor of law at Stellenbosch University.

The topic of Prof Karjiker’s address is IP: Politics and beyond. The inaugural lecture will also serve as the Intellectual Property Law Public Lecture 2017 and is open to the public.

Please click here to download the invitation.


Date 28 September 2017
Time 18:00 for 18:30
Venue Jannasch Hall, Konservatorium, Victoria Street, Stellenbosch

For directions to the venue please click here.

RSVP Before 21 September 2017

Mrs Annette van Tonder


Tel: 021 808 9371

* Please indicate any special dietary preferences.


IP Roundtable – World IP Day 2017

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IP Roundtable – World IP Day 2017

To mark World IP Day 2017, the Chair of IP Law is hosting an interactive session on 25 April at the Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch University, presented by Innovus and Von Seidels.

The roundtable session will include legal experts in all of the branches of IP law, practitioners, entrepreneurs, researchers and those involved in the incubation of innovation and the commercialisation of intellectual property.

This is an opportunity to get answers to your IP questions and learn from others about how to turn your ideas into a reality.

The theme of World IP Day this year is Innovation – Improving Lives, and we will share some of the most important innovations in this regard from the University community, and learn from their experience.

Everyone is welcome, but RSVP is essential. Please contact Nolene Singh ( by 20 April.

Date: 25 April 2017

Time: 13:00 to 14:00 (refreshments will be served)

Venue: Please note that the venue has changed. The new venue is: Stellenbosch University Museum, Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch (formerly the Sasol Art Museum). Directions are available here.

IP and IT Law Conference

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Events | Comments Off on IP and IT Law Conference

IP and IT Law Conference

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The first annual conference of the AIPLITL will take place on 21 & 22 June 2017 at Stellenbosch University with the theme Contemporary Issues in IT and IP Law. 

Hosted by the Chair of Intellectual Property Law from the Faculty of Law at Stellenbosch University on behalf of the association, the conference will take place at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) in Stellenbosch. The conference will bring together a wide variety of law teachers and researchers in IP and/or IT law from Southern Africa to share in academic output, research activity and teaching at the forefront of IP and IT law and practice. The call for papers is now open.

The conference is open to non-members of the association and invites abstracts from academics, researchers, practitioners, consultants or any other stakeholders.

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IP Public Lecture 2016 – Comparative Brand Advertising

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Events, From the Chair | Comments Off on IP Public Lecture 2016 – Comparative Brand Advertising

IP Public Lecture 2016 – Comparative Brand Advertising


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 experience at the upper echelon of corporate and commercial trade mark litigation makes this a must attend event.

Everyone is welcome to attend the lecture and the cocktail reception to follow. Attendance is FREE to all who RSVP.


25 August 2016


18:00 for 18:30 (refreshments from 18:00)


Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Law

JC de Wet Hall

Ou Hoofgebou Room 1023

Corner of Victoria & Ryneveld Street


Click here for directions.




Smart casual


By 20 August 2016

Email –

Tel – 021 808 9371 (08:00 – 14:00)

To download the invitation click here. IP Public Lecture 2016 (5)

About the speaker:

30 years

Fields of practice
Charles specialises in litigation, in particular trade mark and copyright infringement, passing off, unlawful competition, Advertising Standards Authority complaints, company name objections, and domain name disputes. Charles has extensive experience in all facets and aspects of IP matters; he acts and is a consultant for a number of local and internationally-listed blue-chip companies.

Industry associations 
Past President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.
Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.
Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Professional activities
Co-author of the 4th edition of Webster and Page South African Law of Trade Marks; Volume 4 of Trade Marks in the Law of South Africa. Charles sits on the Editorial Board of Trademark Reporter (INTA). He has lectured on both Trade Mark Law and Copyright for the Patent Examination Board.

Market Recognition
Listed in the WTR 1000 as one of the World’s Leading Trade Mark Professionals in 2014 – 2016.
Listed in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Who’s Who Legal Trademark editions.
Listed as a key individual in the Chambers Global 2011, 2012 and 2016 Band 1 Law Firm Intellectual Property Law Firm – South Africa.
Listed as a key individual in the Legal 500 2011 and 2016 Top Tier Firm.
Best Lawyers listed Charles as a ‘Best Lawyer’ in Intellectual Property Law in South Africa 2009 – 2016.
Charles is listed in World IP Review Leaders 2016 – Best IP Practitioners.
Listed in the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2015 and 2016.
Charles is listed as one of the World’s Leading Practitioners in Euromoney’s Expert Guides – Trade Mark 2016.