n Without Prejudice - Why IP is just as real : intellectual property

Volume 9, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



The field of intellectual property (IP) (if not also the practitioners), is sometimes perceived to have a certain mystique and other-worldliness, fuelled, no doubt, by the image of a solitary inventor working away in a laboratory, inventing all kinds of things. The reality of an IP practitioner's life can be quite different : a practitioner is often presented with a new mouse-trap, biltong slicer, or bottle opener, and is requested to obtain "world-wide" protection for the "unique" device. This leaves aside those firmly believing they have invented a device based on the perpetual motion principle.

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