Intellectual Property: An Enabling Tool for Development

Intellectual Property: An Enabling Tool for Development 2016-11-03T15:06:41+00:00

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Chair: Dr Kerry Faul, National Intellectual Property Management Office, South Africa
Keynote speaker: Mr McLean Sibanda, Innovation Hub, South Africa
Panellist: Ms Jennifer Brant, Innovation Insights, Switzerland
Panellist: Prof Shamnad Basheer, SpicyIP, India
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South Africa’s National Development Plan identifies that “Developments in Science and Technology are fundamentally altering the way people live, connect, communicate and transact, with profound effects on economic development”.  Innovation is regarded as the “primary driver of technological growth driving higher living standards” with intellectual property (IP) providing a key enabling tool in this regard.  This session will discuss the use of IP and IPRs and associated legal frameworks, including the revised IP Consultative Framework of the Department of Trade and Industry, in an effective, tailor-made manner to meet the requirements of, amongst others, access to medicines and green technologies as well as present numerous options to ensure equitable utilization of IP.  This discussion should be attended by Industry,
Chambers of Commerce (National and International), Researchers, Public, and OTT professionals.
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faulDr Kerry Faul
National Intellectual Property Management Office, South Africa
Chair

Kerry Faul was appointed, as of 1 December 2013, as the Head of the National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO), a specialised service delivery unit within the Department of Science and Technology. Prior to Kerry’s appointment as the Head, she served for a period of 2 years and 5 months as a Director within NIPMO responsible for all regulatory and compliance matters as set out in the NIPMO founding legislation, namely the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act (No. 51 of 2008). Kerry completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (formerly University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg)) in 1994 majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry before going on to do a Honours degree and thereafter a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry. After a two year stint of working in London and travelling extensively, she returned to complete a Doctor of Philosophy in Biotechnology through the Institute of Wine Biotechnology at Stellenbosch University. From 2007 to 2011, Kerry was employed by Spoor and Fisher during which time she completed her Legum Baccalaureus and Patent Examination Boards and was subsequently registered as a South African patent attorney, and admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Kerry is a wife, a mother of three and a passionate consumer of good quality coffee!
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sibandaMr McLean Sibanda
Innovation Hub, South Africa
Keynote speaker

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basheerProf Shamnad Basheer
SpicyIP, India
Panellist

Shamnad is the founder of SpicyIP. He joined the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata in November 2008 as the first Ministry of Human Resource Development Chaired Professor in Intellectual Property law. Prior to this, he was the Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the George Washington University law school in Washington DC. Shamnad graduated from India’s premier law school, the National law school of India University, Bangalore. He then joined Anand and Anand, a leading intellectual property law firm in New Delhi, and worked on a variety of contentious and non-contentious IP matters before being called upon to head the firm’s Technology and Media law division. India. Whilst in practice, the IFLR 1000 guide rated him as a leading technology lawyer. Shamnad went on to do his post-graduate studies at the University of Oxford. He completed the BCL (as a Shell Centenary scholar) and MPhil with distinction; his thesis dealing with biotechnology and patent law in India was awarded the second prize in a writing contest held by the Stanford Technology Law Review. Whilst at Oxford, he was the editor of the Oxford Commonwealth Law Journal (OUCLJ) and a founding member of EDIP (Electronic Database of Intellectual Property). He continues to be affiliated to the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Center (OIPRC), as a research associate. In the past, he has been an invited research fellow at the Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP), Tokyo, an International Bar Association (IBA) scholar and an Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) scholar. He has spoken at various international symposia on intellectual property issues and has also written extensively on IP themes in internationally reputed journals. He has also consulted on a wide variety of IP issues, particularly involving the pharmaceutical sector with law firms, civil society and governments.
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brantMs Jennifer Brant
Innovation Insights, Switzerland
Panellist

Jennifer Brant is the Director of Innovation Insights, which contributes business perspectives on policies that best support the development of solutions to societies’ greatest challenges. In particular, based on our members’ own experiences, we discuss the contribution of enabling policy environments, including IP systems, to the development and diffusion of new technologies and services in different sectors, fields of technology, and jurisdictions. Innovation Insights advocates for strong innovation frameworks that are business model-neutral and that provide incentives for investments in R&D and the commercialization of new technology solutions over the long term. We work with a range of stakeholders to promote innovation and technological advancement for all countries. Innovation Insights is an accredited observer at the World Intellectual Property Organization and at the World Trade Organization. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Jennifer previously worked at Sidley Austin LLP and Oxfam International on international trade policy issues. She has graduate degrees in international law, economics, and development studies from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and Johns Hopkins SAIS.
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