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Darren Olivier

Darren Olivier is an experienced intellectual property advisor with over 20 years’ experience gained in local and international law firms as well as in-house. Former partner of international firm FieldFisher LLP in London.
Especially interested in IP management (primarily brands), prosecution, commercialisation and enforcement in Africa but worked for a decade in London, focusing on Europe.

- Lead counsel for the BSA The Software Alliance in South Africa
- An editorial board member of Oxford University Press: Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice
- Editor and founder of the Afro-IP weblog. He tweets from @DarrenTOlivier
- Recognised by Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global, World Trademark 1000, Legal 500, South African Institute of IP Law, Managing Intellectual Property and IAM 300
- Former Trustee of the CEO SleepOut Trust, a change agent in South Africa responsible for raising the most amount of money ever on a single night for good causes
- The first African to be recognised in IAM’s Guide to the World’s leading IP Strategists
- Chair of the firm’s IP Commercialisation team
- Co-founder of 4 kids

Areas of Specialisation:
- Commercialisation
Trade Marks:
- Technology, internet, and social media law including takedowns
- Exchange control applications
- Intermediary liability
- Searches, Filing & Prosecution
- Commercialisation
- Enforcement
- Franchising
- Piracy & Counterfeiting
- Ambush Marketing
- Advertising Law Services
- Commercialisation
- Enforcement
- Commercialisation

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What are trade secrets and how do we protect them?
What are trade secrets and how do we protect them?

A Trade secret is information that is useful in the industry and that is kept confidential. It is information that imparts value to its holder and one that provides a competitive edge over its competitors. Should information that constitutes as a trade secret be leaked,…

traditional knowledge
Traditional knowledge as a trade secret

In June 2016, The Protection of Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Expressions of Folklore Act, 2016[1] (“the Act”) came into force in Zambia. The Act’s preamble indicates that the aim is to: provide for a transparent legal framework for the protection…

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