Public Lecture:

Public Lecture: South Africa’s Intellectual Property and Innovation Landscape (Post 1994)

Start Date: Wednesday, 30 January, 2019
Time: 08h00 – 09h30
Contact Person:
Venue: Bert Wessels Lecture Theatre 1, Wits Business School, 2 St David's Place, Parktown

As South Africa looks to decreasing its dependence on resources and commodities in favour of a more knowledge-based economy, in line with other emerging nations, innovation will play an increasingly important role in the country’s economic growth and global competitiveness. But are our intellectual property (IP) and patenting policies supporting a culture of innovation?

Wits Business School and its Master of Management in Innovation Studies programme are pleased to invite you to a public lecture by Dr McLean Sibanda, former CEO of the Innovation Hub, on changes in South Africa’s IP and the national system of innovation (NSI) since 1994.
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Dr Sibanda will look at:

  • Patenting trends in South Africa
  • New findings and insights regarding South Africa’s IP and innovation systems
  • The decline in private sector participation in patenting and research and development (R&D) investment, and
  • What should be done to ensure that innovation helps to drive South Africa’s social and economic development


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