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

Posted on Jul 22, 2018

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


Watch the video of the lecture below.

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: annettev@sun.ac.za by 13 August 2018.


About the speaker

Professor Christoph Ann holds the chair of Corporate and IP Law (www.jura.wi.tum.de) 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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