Monthly Archives: August 2010

Workshop on IP, technology transfer, and innovation in the public sector

Wednesday, 15th September 2010 at the Breakwater Lodge in Cape Town

On 15th September 2010, the UCT Intellectual Property Law & Policy Research Unit is going to co-host, together with the DTI and the USPTO, the non-profit PIPRA, a 1-day workshop on IP, technology transfer, and innovation in the public sector. Particular emphasis will be on the new Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research & Development Act and corresponding regulations.  The workshop will take place at the Breakwater Lodge in Cape Town. It will  feature numerous expert speakers and panelists discussing various aspects of “the Act”, but is also designed to encourage questioning and debate from the audience.

For more information about the programme and for online registration, please visit the registration website.


Workshop on IP Strategy for Small & Medium Sized Enterprises

Tuesday, 14th September 2010 at the Breakwater Lodge in Cape Town

A 1-day, high-level overview of IP strategy designed for executives from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).  The event is co-organized by the University of Cape Town‘s IP Law and Policy Research Unit, South Africa’s DTI, the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) and the non-profit organisation PIPRA,  which promotes practical IP and commercialization strategies for non-profit and humanitarian projects.

The expert presenters will give the audience a practical, nuts-and-bolts overview of how SMEs can best identify, protect, and monetize their intangible assets. We will have IP policy experts and many of the best attorneys in South Africa speaking about  the real-world use of IP in their clients’ businesses. Registration is free and includes a networking lunch at Stonebreaker Restaurant as well as refreshments in the morning and afternoon.  There is wireless internet access available throughout the Breakwater Lodge  premises.  Limit of 2 attendees per company.
These workshops are funded by the generous support of the USPTO’s Intellectual Property Initiative.  If you are interested in attending the workshop, please use the form here. The programme is available on the registration website.

Proclamation of the IPR from Publicly Financed R&D Act and its accompanying regulations

On 2 August 2010, the Department of Science in Technology announced the Proclamation of the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act, 51 of 2008 (Published in the Government Gazette Vol.541  No.33422 on 30 July 2010) and its accompanying regulations (Published in the Government Gazette Vol. 542 No. 33433 on 02 August 2010).

Creative Commons presentation at the Cape Town Book Fair’s Copyright Lekgotla

On the last day of this year’s Cape Town Book Fair, the IP Law & Policy Research Unit’s Dr Tobias Schonwetter spoke about the potential benefits of Creative Commons (CC) licensing for copyrights holders of creative materials at the Copyright Lekgotla. This annual event is jointly organised by the Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa (ANFASA) and the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA) . The event was a welcome opportunity to explain CC licensing generally and stress the fact that CC licenses are not anti-copyright but a useful tool for right holders to effectively disseminate their works. The IP Law & Policy Research Unit is the host institution for Creative Commons South Africa.

Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright

Last weekend, the book Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright (ISBN:978-1-91989-545-1) was launched at the 2010 Cape Town Book Fair. The book is the result of an international and interdisciplinary research project known as the African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) project. The book, co-edited by the UCT IP Law & Policy Research Unit’s Dr Tobias Schonwetter, gives the reader an understanding of the legal and practical issues posed by copyright for access to learning materials in Africa, and identifies the relevant lessons, best policies and best practices that would broaden and deepen this access. According to Sisule Musungu, President of IP think tank IQsensato in Geneva, Switzerland, the content of this book is unique “because the work summarised in [it] provides evidence both for policymaking and of the impacts of copyright in the real world”. The book is published by UCT Press in association with the International Development Research Centre, the Shuttleworth Foundation and WITS University’s LINK Centre. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 South Africa Licence, and an electronic version of the book can be downloaded here.