Inaugural Lecture – Prof Owen Dean

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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



World IP Day Festival

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Events | Comments Off on World IP Day Festival

World IP Day Festival

The Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property is proud to host the World IP Day Festival on Friday 26 April 2013.

All events at the festival are free and open to all students. 

Check the programme for the venues of the free movie premiere screenings, exhibitions, competitions and free IP legal advice.

Free movies showing in Neelsie PULP Cinema 14:00 to 16:00:




The World IP Day Festival is presented by SAFACT (South African Federation Agains Copyright Theft) in partnership with:

  • Microsoft
  • The American Embassy
  • Proudly South African
  • The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)
  • The South African Police Service (SAPS)
  • The Department of Trade and Industry
  • The Association of Independent Record Companies
  • The Recording Industry of South Africa

Download the programme here.

WIP Day 2013 Programme 1

WIP Day 2013 Programme 2

IP Public Lecture – The Design Wars with Prof Charles Gielen

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Events, From the Chair | Comments Off on IP Public Lecture – The Design Wars with Prof Charles Gielen

IP Public Lecture – The Design Wars with Prof Charles Gielen


The lecture is available as a podcast and audio recording here.


The Chair of Intellectual Property Law will present its annual public lecture on 7 March 2013 with Professor Charles Gielen from Groningen University (Netherlands). The topic of Prof Gielen’s address is “Apple v Samsung – the design wars”. He will examine the significance of trademarks and registered designs for the proprietor’s global advertising strategy and the value of distinctive packaging and product design. The discussion will focus on the matter between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics in the USA. As a prominent IP practitioner of international renown, Prof Gielen was directly involved in the case and will present his views on the matter and its impact on intellectual property rights. To read more about Prof Gielen click here.

Attendance is free. Limited seating available. Please RSVP before 28 February 2013 to book your seat.


Thursday 7 March 2013


Professor Charles Gielen

18:30 for 19:00


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 28 February 2013


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

To download the invitation click on the image below.

About the speaker:

Professor Charles Gielen PhD (born on 15 March 1947) holds a law degree from the Catholic University of Brabant in Tilburg and a doctorate degree from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

He is a partner of the Dutch law firm NautaDutilh ( and works in their Amsterdam office. He is professor of IP law at the University of Groningen. He specialises in intellectual property law. He mainly handles patent and trademark litigation. In trademark matters he acts for Diageo Plc., L’Oreal, the LVMH Group, Intel, Coca-Cola, BMW, Burberry and Lego. In patent matters he handled litigation for Pharmacia, Aventis Pharma, Medtronic and Global Biochem Technology.

He has published several books and articles on subjects involving intellectual property law (in particular patent and trademark law) and is a member of editorial boards responsible for publishing law reviews on intellectual property and competition law such as the European Intellectual Property Review, the European Trademark Reports and “Intellectuele Eigendom & Reclamerecht”.

He is also member of the standing advisory committee to the Dutch government on trademark and design law.

He is past-President of the “Vereniging voor Intellectuele Eigendom” (, the Dutch group of the International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI; ) and forms part of the Executive Committee of this Association. He chairs the Program Committee of AIPPI and is past co-chairman of the Working Committee of Q 114 (Biotechnology including plant breeders rights).

He is past member of the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA; He is also past President of the International League of Competition Law (LIDC). He is member of the Board of the anticounterfeiting organisation SNB-REACT in Amsterdam.

On November 8, 2006 he received INTA’ s President Award for outstanding service to the International Trademark Association. On October 6, 2007 the Council of Presidents of AIPPI appointed him Member of Honour of AIPPI for outstanding contributions to and an extraordinary engagement for the fulfilment of the aims of the Association. In 2009 he was appointed member of honour of the Vereniging voor Intellectuele Eigendom.

Chambers Global 2006: “one of the most esteemed lawyers” in the IP-field. In the Chambers Global Guide 2008 and the Chambers Europe Guide 2008 he is revered as the icon of trade mark law in the Netherlands. The International Who’s Who of Business lawyers 2008 under Trademarks: “The Netherlands hosts the highest polling lawyer in Europe: Charles Gielen of NautaDutilh received more votes than any lawyer here, is “very well known” for his litigation and academic work.”





The Intellectual Property Law SHORT COURSE

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in Events | Comments Off on The Intellectual Property Law SHORT COURSE

The Intellectual Property Law SHORT COURSE

The Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property Law (University of Stellenbosch) and the Professional Development Project (University of Cape Town) is pleased to announce a short course (3 days) in IP law aimed at non-legal or non-IP practitioners, those in business, commerce, engineering, arts or sciences or indeed anyone with an interest in this crucial field of law.

The course is specifically designed to provide students with an introduction to this field of law and its practical application, and has no admission or examination requirements.

Presented by leaders in the field of IP law from both Universities, the course promises to be both exciting and rewarding while equipping students with a sound understanding of how relevant (and indeed crucial) IP is to every endeavour. To this end, the course will include specific reference to aspects of IP and IP law relating to and derived from electronic commerce, communication and digital work.

The course is kindly hosted on the campus of the University of Cape Town, and all full participants will receive a certificate from Stellenbosch University.

For more information please view the course brochure.

Date: 25 – 27 July 2012

Venue: University of Cape Town, Rondebosch

Registration Fee: ZAR 6000.00

Closing Date: 13 July 2012


The Professional Development Project, UCT Faculty of Law

+27(0) 21 650 5558

Or simply complete the contact form here and we will redirect your enquiry.