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Posts by Robyn-Leigh Merry

Robyn-Leigh Merry has experience in contentious and non-contentious IP matters. She holds a law degree (LLB) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and has a technical background in molecular and cellular biology. Robyn is registered to practice as a patent attorney before the South African Patent Office and as a notary public in the High Court of South Africa. From 2008 to 2014 Robyn worked in mainstream legal practice before taking an in-house position in technology transfer at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

The year 2020 commenced in much the same way as most years do, but it quickly became apparent that the world needed to brace for the unexpected.

A patentee must walk the patent gauntlet at the early stages of the commercial game and decide where to seek patent protection. Strictly speaking, this decision should be based on market data and available budget, but things are not that simple.

South Africa's depository patent system merely examines patent applications for compliance with the requisite formalities deemed necessary for the patent grant.