CAPE TOWN CRAMMER | SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS

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PHILIP PLA | PARTNER

Our MC for the day, Philip Pla is a partner in the patent department in the firm’s Cape Town office.  He has degrees in mechanical engineering and law and is a registered patent attorney.  He has substantial experience in drafting and prosecuting patent and registered design applications for his clients in diverse technical fields including:  mining and blast hole drilling technologies, medical devices, renewable energy, boating, telecommunications, automobile, machinery and mechanical equipment, production processes, packaging and computer / software implemented inventions.

He is involved in commercial aspects of IP, including conducting due diligence investigations on third party businesses and advising on and preparing technology transfer agreements including IP license agreements.  He also handles patent, design and copyright litigation matters for his clients.

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MICHAEL CHARTON | HISTORIAN & STORYTELLER

Michael Charton is a Capetonian with a passion for the story of South Africa. A passion which, in the end, would gradually lure him away from the corporate roll which he spent so many years studying and training for. Schooled at Stellenbosch University and later the University of Cape Town, he studied finance and accounting while indulging in his two loves, rugby and reading.

In 2010, following an unorthodox project for an advertising client, he began telling stories. And by 2015, he had developed and told a number of original non-fiction stories. 2015 presented an opportune moment, which Michael took. Resigning his job as a financial director, in order to realise a decade-old idea: to make the complex history of South Africa more accessible to both visitors and South Africans through the medium of a story: My Father’s Coat. In the process he founded INHERIT SOUTH AFRICA, with the intention to continue revealing untold stories from the past for entertainment, understanding, and nation-building.

 PANEL DISCUSSION ON LATEST CASE LAW

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Darren Olivier

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Steven Yeates

PARTNER

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Wensel Britz

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

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DARREN OLIVIER | PARTNER

Darren is an experienced intellectual property advisor with over 20 years experience gained in local and international law firms as well as in-house. He is especially interested in IP management (primarily brands), prosecution, commercialisation and enforcement in Africa but worked for a decade in London, focusing on Europe.

Darren was an editorial board member of Oxford University Press: Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice and is the blogmeister and founder of the Afro-IP weblog.

STAY IN YOUR LANE | HOW WILL THE LATEST TAX EXCHANGE CONTROL AND TAX CHANGES AFFECT YOUR OFFSHORE STRUCTURING?

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ANDRE VISSER | PARTNER

Andre Visser is a partner in the Corporate and Commercial Department at Adams & Adams. With over 20 years of post-qualification experience, he has an extensive corporate and commercial knowledge that covers mergers & acquisitions, cross-border transactions and all legal aspects of investing into South Africa – as well as expertise in information technology law, exchange control and tax law. Andre acts for a number of multi-national entities in respect of their commercial legal affairs.

He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, and is also a registered Conveyancer, Notary Public and Tax Practitioner.

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DELIA ROOPNARAIN | ASSOCIATE

Delia is an Associate in the Corporate and Commercial Department. She has 4 (four) years of experience. Delia advises both local and international clients. She provides Mergers and Acquisition services, Corporate services, general commercial services (which includes Commercial Contract services). She also provides offshore companies with assistance in establishing a business presence in South Africa (which includes advice on the appropriate business structure, the legal, tax and exchange control consequences thereof);

She is an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, and is also admitted as a Notary Public of the High Court of South Africa. She holds an LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and she currently is completing her LLM degree in Corporate Law.

PURSE STRINGS | TECH INNOVATION FUNDING

Cebo Silinge

CEBO SILINGA | MANAGER AT TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AGENCY

Cebo is a Manager at the Technology Innovation Agency in the Energy department. In this role, he manages the agency’s relationships with investees, focusing on meeting the clients’ challenges and objectives in project development, financing and risk management. The role requires him to identify innovative technology, establish business case, invest and manage the technology development process and commercialization. He holds a Master of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering from Stellenbosch University.

He has also participated in the following programmes:

  • Global Engineering Teams member Berlin (Germany) – 2012.
  • International Energy Agency SolarPACES Task 1: Solar Thermal Electric Systems in 2014 – 2015.
  • International Energy Agency Task 49: Solar Heating and Cooling Programme in 2014.

START-UP VS WORLD -GET FIT AND FIGHT HARD

Duncan Miller

DUNCAN MILLER | BIO CAPSULE PHARMACEUTICAL AND NUTRITIONAL PRODUCTS (PTY) LTD

Duncan Miller, of Bio Capsule Pharmaceutical and Nutritional Products (Pty) Ltd. is a qualified chartered accountant and has founded a number of successful start-up companies over the last 20 years. His focus has been on funding, running and commercializing early stage South African developed technologies.  His approach is to identify niche opportunities rather than focus on specific industries and has been involved in a number of new innovations in the Pharmaceutical, Call Centre, Equipment development, Green Tech and Biotech industries. One of his areas of focus is IP Capita, to ensure that it aligns with commercial and investment principles.

SURE I OWN IT, DON’T I?

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PHILIP PLA | PARTNER

Philip Pla is a partner in the patent department in the firm’s Cape Town office.  He has degrees in mechanical engineering and law and is a registered patent attorney.  He has substantial experience in drafting and prosecuting patent and registered design applications for his clients in diverse technical fields including:  mining and blast hole drilling technologies, medical devices, renewable energy, boating, telecommunications, automobile, machinery and mechanical equipment, production processes, packaging and computer / software implemented inventions.

He is involved in commercial aspects of IP, including conducting due diligence investigations on third party businesses and advising on and preparing technology transfer agreements including IP license agreements.  He also handles patent, design and copyright litigation matters for his clients.

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CHARNÉ LE ROUX | PARTNER

Charné Le Roux is a partner in the Trade Mark Litigation Department at Adams & Adams in Cape Town and is also the partner responsible for the firm’s sustainability program.  Charné holds Bluris, LLB degrees from the University of Pretoria and holds 23 years experience, post admission.  She specialises in the prosecution and litigation of trade marks as well as advertising, domain name, copyright and competition law litigation.

She has since 2003 acted as a domain name panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organisation and is a senior domain name adjudicator of the SA Institute of Intellectual Property Law.  She was selected as Fellow of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in 2015 and 2016 and currently serves as a member of its Intellectual Property Constituency.  Charné regularly speaks at conferences with international and local audiences on various IP topics and has published articles and co-authored international text books on copyright, domain name law and regulatory practices including IP.

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ALISSA NAYANAH | SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Alissa Nayanah joined Adams & Adams in 2012. She is a qualified Trade Mark Practitioner who specialises in trade mark prosecution and enforcement in South Africa and foreign territories. Her practice also includes advising on copyright protection and litigation, domain name disputes, company name objections and ASA complaints. Alissa has advised clients on IP protection and enforcement in various industries, including, hospitality, telecommunications, technology, banking, retail and fast moving consumer goods.

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