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Prof RW Alberts

Prof RW Alberts
Faculty of Law
Department of Mercantile Law

Contact Details
A-Ring 719
+27 (0)11 559 2122

Professor Wim Alberts teaches Intellectual Property Law to LLB students, and trade mark and copyright law to LLM students, and co-ordinates the LLM IP degree.. He obtained the B Iur and LLB degrees from the University of the Free State. He was later appointed as a senior lecturer in Mercantile Law at the University of South Africa, where he taught Competition Law. After completion of his LLM degree, relating to administrative law aspects of competition law, he was seconded to the Competition Board for a number of years, during which time he acted as its legal advisor. He has 20 years of practical experience. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, but commenced articles with Johannesburg law firm Bowman Gilfillan in 1993. He became a partner in the firm, specialising in trade mark related litigation. In 2005 he obt ained the LLD degree from the University of South Africa with a thesis dealing with the relevance of prior rights in trade mark conflicts. Prior to joining UJ in 2011, he was associated with a number of academic institutions, including as Research Fellow at the University of South Africa, a Researcher at the Intellectual Property Law and Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town, and a Visiting Professor at the School of Management at the University of the Free State. He is an associate of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law, a member of the Institute's Trade Mark Committee, and a senior adjudicator on the Institute's domain name ADR panel. He is also a member of the Academic Committee of the International Trade Mark Association. He is currently a director of the board of the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO).  He is also a NRF-rated researcher.  He is also on the blogging team of the well-known Afro-IP blog and a member of the Trade Mark Committee of the South African Association of Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law Teachers and Researchers.