Wednesday, 28 January 2009

INTA Roundtable - Traditional Knowledge

INTA are hosting a roundtable on the following topic on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 entitled "The Protection of Traditional Knowledge: How Does This Affect Trade Mark Law?"

According to their flyer:

The two hour discussion will first introduce the protection of Indigenous Knowledge through the intellectual property system from a policy perspective followed by specific trade mark law scenarios based on the South African Trade Marks Act having been amended as proposed in the Intellectual Property Law's Amendment Bill, 2007.

The Protection of Traditional Knowledge in South Africa is the perfect vehicle to network and trade thoughts with your peers, compare and learn new strategies, and address common issues and challenges facing the trademark and intellectual property communities.

The session will be hosted by IP expert Charles Webster (Spoor and Fisher) and has guest speakers Tom Suchanandan, Department of Science & Technology and Tracy Rengecas, (Spoor & Fisher). Registration costs R100 ($10).

Readers may recall that Tracy published her thoughts in De Rebus a few months back, as reported by Afro-IP here. Additional reading on traditional knowledge on Afro-IP can be located here - if you wish to come prepared.

The full brochure can be downloaded here.

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