|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.
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.