Intellectual property (IP) law is a broad field referring to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce, including the names of juristic entities. IP is protected in law by, for example, patents, copyright and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create – this is in terms of legislation and the common law. IP is an important asset in today’s knowledge economy and should be strategically managed since it has benefits to a thriving economy. Some IP rights require a formal process of application, examination and registration. The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (the CIPC) administer the following IP domains in South Africa: trade marks, patents, designs, copyright (films only). Registered IP rights serve as an incentive to reward innovation by providing IP creators and owners with the time and opportunity to exploit their creation. I have experience in these fields both in terms of High Court work as well as representations to the Companies Tribunal.