Posts by ipchair

Freedom to operate conundrum

Posted on Apr 21, 2021

Freedom to operate conundrum By Dr. Madelein Kleyn, Innovus, Stellenbosch University, South Africa   Abstract: Growing a patent portfolio by protecting the innovation derived from research and development investment is merely the beginning to the creation of value. Freedom to use, sell and otherwise exploit the invention is the challenge. This is so often misunderstood.   Introduction A patent grants a negative right to its owner, i.e.  the  right to exclude others from making, using, exercising, disposing, or offering to dispose of, or importing the invention as claimed. A patent does...

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Copyright Blind Spot

Posted on Apr 19, 2021

Copyright Blind Spot

INTRODUCTION Blind people are at a distinct disadvantage and face serious challenges when it comes to reading the written word. They need written text to be rendered in braille or in electronic form to permit a text-to-speech functionality with easy navigation across the text. Unfortunately, such adapted-for-disability-utility versions of written text are in short supply or are not always optimally operational. The international community, and more particularly the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), has embraced this plight of the blind. WIPO has fathered the Marrakesh Treaty to...

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The virtual reality and hard data of successful university start-ups that may succeed…or not!

Posted on Jun 14, 2020

The virtual reality and hard data of successful university start-ups that may succeed…or not!

Dr Madelein Kleyn has written a piece for the June 2020 publication of the Les Nouvelles, the journal of the Licensing Executives Society International, on the challenges faced by start-up businesses and the risk management strategies to combat such challenges.

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