Intellectual Property and Technology Commercialisation to come under spotlight in Gauteng

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in collaboration with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) will host a two-day Intellectual Property and Technology Commercialisation Colloquium at Saint George Hotel Conference Centre in Pretoria from 8-9 April 2019. The colloquium will be hosted under the theme: Propelling innovation towards full-scale industrialisation and inclusive growth.

The colloquium will explore how innovators can create value from their IP and what mechanisms should be put in place to ensure successful commercialisation. It will also cover key areas of intellectual property (IP) development and protection, acquisition and exploitation and explore how the Fourth Industrial Revolution is challenging the value of conventional IP rights protection and its enforcement.

Three international experts have been invited to share their insights into the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how the current IP regime must evolve to adapt to these technological advancements. The Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies will deliver a keynote address at the colloquium.

According to Minister Davies, the purpose of the colloquium is to provide a platform to the intellectual property (IP) and innovation community to exchange the ideas and experiences in addressing the challenges inhibiting IP protection and successful commercialisation thereof.

“The platform is expected to equip IP developers, technology managers, inventors and SMMEs with IP protection knowledge and understanding of technology commercialisation processes as well as skills for pitching ideas to potential investors. It will further create an understanding on how best can IP that exists be fully exploited for the benefit of the country,” says Davies.

Inventors, academics, patent attorneys, industry partners, SMMEs, technology consultants, commercialisation specialists, venture capitalists, incubators, technology transfer offices as well as high school learners and university students are expected to attend the colloquium.

Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
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Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
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