Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA) will be hosting a series of webinars on IP for our members starting from November and continuing into early next year.
This first workshop is aimed at members and companies who are in the early years of developing IP, and developing expertise at protecting their IP. Employees in established companies who are new to dealing with IP, would also benefit.
Louw Steyn is a partner at Spoor & Fisher; qualified and highly experienced in this field. His past webinars have proven enlightening and informative.
Topics Louw will cover include:
- Different types of IP
- How these can be protected
- When to consider protecting IP
- Typical costs
- Can you DIY? When do you need professional assistance?
The workshop will equip members with a starter understanding IP and how to protect it, and enable participants to take part in further workshops in the series.
Webinars to follow will focus on:
Making effective use of the dtic's incentive for protection of IP in export markets
Realities of IP protection, how and when to register patents, costs, benefits and risks
Commercialisation of IP developed by third parties (with the CSIR and at least one university).
Partner, Spoor & Fisher, South Africa Louw Steyn is a registered Patent Attorney and has BEng (Mech) and LLB degrees. He is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.
Louw specialises in domestic and foreign patent and design matters, including the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent and design applications. He has expertise in the fields of mechanical and general engineering, medical devices and software-related inventions and he focuses, in particular, on innovations and developments in the automotive, mining and energy generation fields.
Louw also has experience in dealing with commercial IP matters, patent, copyright and design litigation and technology landscaping.
Education and Qualifications: BEng (Mech), University of Pretoria LLB, University of South Africa
Industry Associations: Fellow – South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) Member – Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) Member – Legal Practice Council (LPC) Associate Member – Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA)