Highlights for 2018
The long-awaited  Intellectual Property Policy  of the Republic  of South Africa  Phase I was published  and confirmed  the  important change  to  the patent  system  by introducing examination  and opposition  proceedings.  The  mechanism for  implementation  is under review and Phase II will address issues identified in the in-built agenda and deliberate upon the most efficient means of implementing the policy proposals.
LES SA celebrated World IP Day in Cape Town  and Johannesburg venues in April and May respectively.  This  year  the theme  was “Powering  change: Women  in  innovation and  creativity” and was well attended by our members and guests.
The LESI International Conference in San Diego in April/May received a talk from one of our members,  Dr. Kerry   Faul,  Head of  National  Intellectual  Property  Management  Office (NIPMO) on technology  transfer and management thereof in  view of the South  African IP Rights Act.
The AGM was held in August during which the new Board and LES SA Executive Committee were elected.
On the LES education  front, it has been quite a busy  year with afternoon talks on  relevant topics  and a newly developed  IP  Valuation advanced  course in June.   In  October we hosted  an interesting  talk by Michael  Fichert   (see insert below).   Our  members publish articles in  Les Nouvelles on  current topics  regularly and Dr.  Kleyn’s article on  BEPS and IP featured in the June edition.

New Approaches

The newly elected board of LESSouth Africa has made its committee portfolio allocations for 2019.  The aim for the new year is to more actively engage our members, enhance visibility and growth of membership through marketing initiatives.

We hope to host the LESI President during our AGM in August in 2019.

Two new committees will be mobilized in 2019:

  • The YMC managed by Chyreene Truluck and Robynne Zevenster who are planning some exciting events for our young members; and
  • Life Sciences headed by Dr. Joanne van Harmelen.  The opportunity was identified in view of the strong presence amongst LES South Africa members in the life. sciences It is anticipated that the planned mentoring, training and networking sessions focusing on IP transactions, interests and challenges within the life sciences, and leveraging the very active LESI Life Sciences Committee resources will also attract new membership to the society.

Our Board and allocated committees are indicated below.

From South Africa, we wish our LES family a blessed Festive Season and a 2019 filled with LES events.