Wednesday 30 January 2019

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Read all about it! IP Briefs latest

The South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law's 6th issue of its IP Briefs edited and compiled by Dr Madelein Kleyn is out. You can read it all here. In this issue:

Vanessa Ferguson, the SAIIPL president for 2019, outlines the focus of SAIIPL for the current year, having take the reigns from Debbie Marriott who presided over the Institute in 2018. Morne Barradas' piece then assesses how and why patent assets can become valuable to a business. 

There is an interesting article from Nordely Wright on the steps that one can take to protect confidential information when dealing with the Competition Commission. This is followed by Amanda Lotheringen's holistic approach to training law enforcement agencies that are so vital to protecting IP rights. 

The issue goes abroad and obtains a view from Professor Charles Gielen, former partner of the eminent firm NautaDutilh NV, on the Court of Justice decision of the EU on the technical function exclusion in design law, reviewing the Doceram decision (the first case to deal with it). 

Getting local again, Thapelo Montong, the bright patent lawyer at Adams & Adams, contemplates inventorship in the age of artificial intelligence and concludes that under current patent laws, all inventions from superhuman AI machines could well be free and open to the public, at least until antiquated patent laws undergo reform.

There is news too that Wend Wendland, the respected policy strategist and capacity builder, and trainer, has gone online to share his experience and advice in a new blog "Multilateral Matters" which is featured on the IP Unit website of the University of Cape Town. 

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