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In celebration of this year’s World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, the Nelson Mandela University Innovation Office hosted a lunch hour presentation on the 9th of May to raise awareness of the role that IP plays in innovation.

Dirk Hanekom, Partner at Spoor & Fisher, presented an overview of IP rights and discussed how inventions can be protected by means of registered designs, trademarks, copyrights and patents. He paid homage to key African women inventors and highlighted their contributions to society.

With this year’s theme being “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity”, Prof. Darelle van Greunen, Director of the Centre for Community Technologies, then spoke about her sources of inspiration and elaborated on her extensive experience in the innovation space.

The Innovation Office gratefully acknowledges Spoor & Fisher’s continued support and sponsorship of the event. Disappointingly, only 11 of the 61 registered attendees were present.

We also acknowledge the National Intellectual Property Management Office, for their on-going support and recognition of our efforts to raise IP awareness through arranging such events.

Click here to find out more about IP at Nelson Mandela University.

Pictured above is Prof. Darelle van Greunen addressing the audience.


Contact information
Ms Jessica Preston
Public Relations and Marketing Intern
Tel: 0415044216