INTA in the Mother City

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INTA in the Mother City

The meeting of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA) on 1 and 2 September 2016 will be the first meeting of INTA in Africa in 20 years.

The conference is set to be significantly important, with the theme Building Africa With Brands. The preceding INTA–BASCAP Workshop on 31 August will be on the topic: Intermediaries and Rights Holders—Working Together to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy. 

The impressive list of speakers include the founder of the Chair of IP Law, Prof Owen Dean, who will address the conference on Traditional Knowledge, Legacy Rights and Geographical Indications.

INTA offers a discounted rate to student and professorial attendees.

More details:

Conference click here.

Workshop click here.



Q&A Session on World IP Day

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Events, Publications | Comments Off on Q&A Session on World IP Day

Q&A Session on World IP Day

We celebrate World Intellectual Property Day 2016 on 26 April with an interactive Q&A session with students, creators, innovators, legal and commercialisation experts to discuss how to turn valuable ideas into career opportunities and commercial assets.

You are invited to join the discussion at 13:00 on 26 April in the Ou Hoofgebou. Entry and refreshments are free.

Please RSVP by email to See the invitation below for more detail.

The session is presented by the Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property Law at the Faculty of Law, in partnership with Innovus and Von Seidels.

INVITATION World IP Day 2016

IP Seminar at UJ

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IP Seminar at UJ

Prof Wim Alberts and the University of Johannesburg’s annual IP seminar is just around the corner and, as usual, promises to be truly interesting. He has lined up an impressive collection of topics and speakers to bring new perspectives on intellectual property for 2016.

If you are around UJ next week, this would be a day well spent. The programme is available here.



IP Public Lecture – Copyright as an Agent of Social Justice

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IP Public Lecture – Copyright as an Agent of Social Justice


To watch the video podcast of the lecture, click here.


The Chair of Intellectual Property Law will present the annual IP Public Lecture on 6 October 2015 with Prof Owen Dean, incumbent of the Chair of IP Law and consultant to Spoor & Fisher.

The topic of Prof Dean’s lecture, Copyright as an Agent of Social Justice, will present a perspective on the “Lion Sleeps Tonight” case which was led by Prof Dean and marked a watershed moment in the development of South African copyright law.


Intellectual Property is viewed by some as an unwarranted  monopoly and as an instrument of oppression used by haves against have-nots. It is increasingly being attacked and maligned from these quarters. Copyright, as a species of intellectual property, is tarred with this brush. But this prejudice loses sight of the fact that copyright is freely available as a facility to all who have a creative bent. Copyright is bestowed automatically and gratuitously. Even the most humble and economically disadvantaged person can own it and benefit from it. It provides a ready means for acquiring wealth. In so doing it can be an instrument for achieving social upliftment and justice. This point is demonstrated by the renowned  “Lion Sleeps Tonight” case which serves as an example of copyright at work in a worthy cause.


6 October 2015




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 2 October 2015

Email –

Tel – 021 808 9371 (08:00 – 14:00)


To download the invitation click the image below:

IP Public Lecture 2015 Invitation 2



IP Licensing Short Course – An Absolute Must

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Events | Comments Off on IP Licensing Short Course – An Absolute Must

IP Licensing Short Course – An Absolute Must

The Licensing Executives Society (LES) of South Africa will present its one day short course L.E.S 101: Introduction to Licensing in Stellenbosch on 20 August 2015 at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study.

This course, aimed at everyone with an interest or role in IP rights management, commercialisation and/or technology transfer is an absolute must for any brand owner or manager. See below for the full programme.

The course will equip all attendees with a thorough and accessible introduction to the particular legal and practical skills required to effectively and comprehensively exploit intellectual property rights. In addition, the course will simulate a successful licensing transaction to practically illustrate the licensing process from negotiation to conclusion.

Presented by, among others, the Chair’s own Fellow and lecturer of the Patents & Designs module, Dr Madelein Kleyn and Bastiaan Koster (frequent contributor to the IP law Short Course), this in an opportunity to learn from the best that should not be missed. And at R850 it is an absolute steal! Register now.

Download the course programme herePDF_Icon

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World IP Day Celebration 2015

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Events | Comments Off on World IP Day Celebration 2015

World IP Day Celebration 2015

Get up, stand up. For Music

This is the theme of World IP Day 2015, celebrated worldwide on 26 April under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This year the focus is on the protection and promotion of musical works and performing artists. As WIPO explains:

“When Bob Marley and the Wailers laid down the opening track on Burnin’ in a Kingston recording studio some four decades ago, they likely had little idea how far their simple, straightforward tune would resonate, becoming an enduring international anthem for human rights.

Such is the power of music. Since the earliest rhythms emerged and evolved into this most universal of creative expressions, music has moved us. From Beijing opera to the Vienna Philharmonic, from Bamako blues to Chicago house, from raga to raï to township to dubstep, music transcends borders and connects with some primal beat within all of us. Even when we are not listening, music is often playing over in our minds – a soundtrack to our thoughts.

The music we enjoy today comes from the inspiration and hard work of thousands of creative people around the world – singers and songwriters; musicians and publishers; producers, arrangers, engineers and many others. Its breadth and variety results from an unprecedented accessibility to musical genres and styles – all at the tap of a screen – that brings us new hybrid forms almost daily. And the technologies through which we access music change almost as quickly – as do the business models that support them. Downloading or streaming, purchase or subscription, direct sale from creator to consumer – all options are on the table.

What is the future of our relationship with music? How will it be created and disseminated? How will we listen to it? And how will we ensure that all those involved in bringing us this universal pleasure can make a living from their craft?” (

At Stellenbosch University we will celebrate World IP Day in proudly South African style focussed on the musical works and sound recordings of South African artists. Specifically the well-known Mbube/Lion Sleeps Tonight songs which became famous as part of the soundtrack of the Disney film “The Lion King” and gave rise to the landmark copyright case led by Prof Owen Dean.

The InnovUS company, in collaboration with the Chair of Intellectual Property Law, hereby invites you to attend the commemoration of World Intellectual Property (IP) day to be held on the 17th April 2015 at the Pulp Cinema, Neelsie, Stellenbosch.

World IP Day 2015

Free Workshop – Patent Law

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Free Workshop – Patent Law


World IP Day Celebration 2014

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World IP Day Celebration 2014

Innovation and creativity are inextricably linked to the protection of intellectual property (IP). It is therefore essential, in order to promote the sciences and useful arts, that all content creators and stakeholders be aware of the legal mechanisms for the protection of IP and its application to their work.

The Chair of IP Law, in cooperation with InnovUS and Von Seidels, is proud to again host the annual public event on Stellenbosch campus to celebrate World IP Day and raise awareness about IP among students and staff from all Faculties.

In keeping with the global theme of World IP DayMovies – A Global Passion, a free film will be screened at the Pulp Cinema. All participants will also have the opportunity to learn from IP experts about the relevant aspects of the law applicable to their field of work or study.

Attendance is free! Please RSVP to as soon as possible.

World IP Day_Invite

IP Public Lecture – Hacking Back and Hot Pursuit

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Events, Publications | Comments Off on IP Public Lecture – Hacking Back and Hot Pursuit

IP Public Lecture – Hacking Back and Hot Pursuit


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 intermediary liability of marketplaces to tracing and hacking back online counterfeiters and hackers, the lecture will focus on the legal grounds and methods for combatting digital infringement.

The significant TradeKey Case dealt with several questions including:

  • If you buy illegal goods on-line through a website are you or the website acting unconscionably and unlawfully and liable to legal sanctions?
  • What is the culpability of a website that directs potential customers to other websites that offer unlawful goods?
  • Is on-line trading a free for all that enables its players to be untouchables?
  • How do IP rights holders combat the sale of counterfeit goods on-line that threaten to destroy the very fabric of their businesses?

Learn how spirited trade mark owners surreptitiously infiltrated a carefully spun web of dishonesty and deceit and exposed unlawful trading practices on the internet by using counter-espionage measures, resulting in a notable precedent setting court victory against cyber bandits.

Attendance is free. Limited seating available. Please RSVP to before 10 April 2014 to book your seat.


Tuesday 15 April 2014


18:00 for 18:30


50 minutes (refreshments to follow)


The JC de Wet Hall

Stellenbosch University Faculty of Law

Ou Hoofgebou Room 1023

Corner of Victoria & Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch


Smart casual


Before 10 April 2014


Call: 021 808 9371 (08:00-14:00)

To download the invitation click on the image below.

IP Public Lecture 2014

About the speaker: 

Dr Frederick Mostert holds the degrees BA (Law) cum laude, LLB cum laude and LLD from the University of Johannesburg and an LLM in Intellectual Property and Corporate Finance from Columbia University School of Law. He is also a solicitor of England and Wales and a Member of the New York Bar.

Dr Mostert is currently Chief Legal Counsel for the Richemont Group of companies which include Cartier, Montblanc, Alfred Dunhill and Van Cleef & Arpels.  He is also an executive director of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA since September 2010, Richemont International Limited since December 1991, Reinet Investments Manager S.A. and Reinet Fund Manager S.A. since September 2010. Prior to this he was an associate in the corporate department of Shearman & Sterling in New York and thereafter an associate in the international trade mark department of the firm Weiss Dawid Fross Zelnick & Lehrman P.C., also in New York.

He was appointed guest professor of Peking University, Beijing in 2002 and is a visiting professor at the University College, London and a fellow of the London School of Economics.

As an international IP expert, Dr Mostert has served as the president, honorary chairman and member of the board of the International Trademark Association (INTA). He is also a founding member of the Industry Advisory Commission of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and a member of the Panel of Experts of the WIPO  Internet Domain Name Process. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the European Union Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, under the auspices of the Office for Harmonisation of the Internal Market (OHIM).

Dr Mostert also serves on the advisory boards of the McCarthy Center for Intellectual Property & Technology Law at the University of San Francisco, The British Walpole Committee in London, The Art Science Research Laboratory in New York and the Teacher of Ten Thousand Generations Foundation in Hong Kong.

As an IP scholar, Dr Mostert has served on the Editorial Boards of several influential academic and practitioners’ journals including the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice by Oxford University, the Trademark Reporter, Managing Intellectual Property and the Intellectual Property Magazine (Trademark World).

As an IP practitioner, Dr Mostert has on occasion provided service to Former President Nelson Mandela, His Majesty Juan Carlos I of Spain, Stella McCartney, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sylvester Stallone, Luciano Pavarotti, Ernie Els, Jackie Chan and the Shaolin Monks.

Dr Mostert has authored or co-authored eight books on various topics of intellectual property law and contributed chapters to a further two titles. He is also a widely published scholar and his work has been cited by the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the Supreme Court of South Africa, the European Court of Justice, the Supreme Court of Canada, the US Federal Court, the Court of Appeal of Singapore, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, the High Court of Justice and the Court of Justice of the European Communities, among others.

Dr Mostert has frequently been invited to speak with authority on a wide variety of intellectual property matters from across the world, and returns to Stellenbosch University after his last visit during the International Intellectual Property Conference hosted by the Anton Mostert Chair of IP Law in 2011.

Inaugural Lecture – Prof Owen Dean

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Events, From the Chair | Comments Off on Inaugural Lecture – Prof Owen Dean

Inaugural Lecture – Prof Owen Dean

Professor Owen Dean will deliver his inaugural lecture on Tuesday 21 May 2013 at 17:30 to mark his investiture as professor of intellectual property law at Stellenbosch University. The topic of his address is Deprivation of Trade Marks Through State Interference in Their Usage. 


The lecture will address the topic of deprivation of trade marks, particularly those of tobacco products, by legislative intervention that propose to limit the use of such trade marks for reasons of public interest, particularly public health. With reference to the recent Australian cases where the state succeeded in effectively abolishing the use of tobacco-related trade marks, Prof Dean will analyse the relevant provisions of the South African Trade Marks Act and the Constitution to determine the likelihood that similar legislation may succeed in South Africa. Prof Dean’s lecture will scrutinise the constitutionality of the Australian legislation from a South African perspective, distinguish between deprivation and expropriation in terms of the Constitution and in so doing develop a bespoke theory applicable to the expropriation of trade marks under South African law.


The Faculty of Law and the Chair of Intellectual Property Law invites everyone interested in attending the lecture to RSVP by email to by 16 May 2013. Click here to download the invitation.

The inaugural lecture is open to the public and attendance is free, but RSVP is essential. A cocktail reception will follow after the lecture.


Invitation - Inaugural Address