PSASA Gauteng Chapter Meeting – 13 August 2015

PSASA Gauteng Chapter Meeting – 13 August 2015

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LEGALLY SPEAKING on 13 August 2015
What speakers and authors need to know about their intellectual property rights and how to protect them

In the digital era where so much of our intellectual property (IP) is readily accessible to all, and can potentially be shared and copied on an exponential scale, how do we protect it, and what consideration do we need to give to our own use of other people’s IP, both online and offline?

  • Do you know how to protect your brand and your material?
  • Do you know what copyright is?
  • When is it necessary to go the legal route of registering trademarks?

All this and more will be discussed at the next Gauteng Chapter meeting – don’t miss it!

FIRST SESSION: Stocking your IP toolbox

Intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting specialist attoney, Vanessa Ferguson, will discuss how speaker/authors can stock their IP toolbox.  She will advise on the following:

  • Understanding IP rights: Identifying the tools and their uses
  • Using your IP tools –  selecting the right tool for the job
  • Maintaining your IP Tools
  • Guidelines when borrowing other’s IP tools
  • IP DIY tips

Vanessa Ferguson

Vanessa Ferguson is a partner and head of DM Kisch’s anticounterfeiting
department, with more than 18 years’ experience in intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting specifically. Her practice covers anti-counterfeiting, cross-border enforcement
of IP rights, trademark prosecution and litigation and copyright
law, with a special focus on litigation.

Vanessa advises clients on both the management and enforcement of their IP portfolios, with a focus on brand enforcement in Southern Africa and a number of other key
regions in Africa.

She is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the chairman of the INTA Middle East, Africa and South Asia Sub-committee of the Anti-counterfeiting conference, and also provides support on the INTA Anticounterfeiting Policy and Online Counterfeiting Taskforces and the INTA Africa Global Advisory Council.

Ms Ferguson obtained a BJuris in 1993 and an LLB in 1995; she has been an attorney of the High Court of South Africa since 1999 and has been a qualified trademark practitioner since 2000. She is also an appointed domain name dispute adjudicator for the ‘’ domain.


Attorney, Robin Richardson will discuss the protection of IP rights (with a focus on trade marks) on the Internet as well as in the social media space.

Robin Richardson

Robin is an attorney at DM Kisch Inc. He obtained a B.SocSci and L.LB (law) in 2008 and 2011 from the University of Cape Town. He went on to obtain a Masters of Law, specialising in intellectual property law, from Queen’s University in Canada and The University of Cape Town in 2013. Robin is a student member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law and has a passion for solving domain name, trade mark and internet based legal issues.

Meeting Information:

Venue: Hacklebrooke Conference Centre, Cnr Conrad Drive and Jan Smuts Avenue, Hyde Park
Date: 13 August 2015
Time: 18h30 – 21h30
Cost: Free to all paid up PSASA members, R300 for guests and R120 for spouses of members.

Please note that we will no longer accept any cash payments at the meeting. There will be internet access as well a laptop available at the meeting venue in order for any outstanding payments to be settled before the start of the meeting.

Bookings can be done online by clicking here. or by sending and email to our Administrator, Simone –

Please RSVP by no later than 11 August 2015 @17h00

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Adele du Rand
PSASA Gauteng Chapter President 2015/16

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