IP Public Lecture – Hacking Back and Hot Pursuit

Posted on Mar 25, 2014

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 annettev@sun.ac.za 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

Email: annettev@sun.ac.za

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.