Water Research Commission (WRC)

On 20 March 2019, Wessel van Wyk was privileged to present at a workshop hosted by the Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa.

The workshop, entitled “A Framework for Management of IP Emanating From WRC-Supported R&D”, was aimed at strengthening the intellectual property (IP) understanding of all research and development stakeholders of the WRC.  Deliberations included IP identification, protection, commercialisation and effective management, all contingent on the frameworks created by the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Act of South Africa and the WRC’s IP Policy.

Wessel examined the “Principles of Intellectual Property” in South African and abroad, and advised stakeholders on the identification and protection of such, as well as bridging the gap between the academic and commercial worlds.

The WRC aims to host similar workshops annually, recognising IP as an integral asset in the innovation value chain, and Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. looks forward to continuously supporting such IP-awareness events.

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