Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Public lecture on Digital IP protection

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 combating 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 and let them know you heard about it through Afro-IP, please.
Date:
Tuesday 15 April 2014
Time:
18:00 for 18:30
Duration:
50 minutes (refreshments to follow)
Place:
The JC de Wet Hall
Stellenbosch University Faculty of Law
Ou Hoofgebou Room 1023
Corner of Victoria & Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
Attire:
Smart casual
The day is sponsored by Spoor & Fisher.

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