Dr Owen Dean

Consultant - Cape Town, South Africa

Email: o.dean@spoor.com
Tel:     + 27 21 673 4400
Fax:    + 27 21 683 5952

BA LLB LLD. Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and Notary Public. Admitted as an Attorney in Namibia and Botswana.

47 years

Fields of practice
Domestic trade mark registration, searches and renewals, domestic and international trade mark litigation, domestic and international copyright, as well as the registration of cinematograph films, entertainment law, media law, advertising objections, unlawful competition, passing off, company name objections and domain name disputes. Owen specialises in trade mark litigation, copyright law, competition law and entertainment and media law. He consults to and acts for various local and international listed companies. Owen is an expert in the field of anti-counterfeiting and was instrumental in writing the SA Counterfeit Goods Act.

Industry associations
Past President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.
Member of the Legal Practice Council (LPC)

Professional activities
Author of: Handbook of South African Copyright Law; the title Copyright in Butterworths’ Forms and Precedents; chapter on Intellectual Property: Patents and Copyright in Construction Law and Related Issues, Philip C Loots; chapter on SA in Butterworths’ International Privacy, Publicity and Personality Laws, Michael Henry. Dr Dean was awarded the LexisNexis Butterworths’ Prize for the best article by a legal practitioner published in De Rebus in 2006. Owen is a popular choice to lecture on IP law. 

Market Recognition  
Best Lawyers listed Owen as a 'Best Lawyer' in Intellectual Property Law in South Africa 2008 - 2021.
Legal 500 ranks Owen as one of South Africa's Intellectual Property Law experts 2016.
Listed in the Who's Who Legal Trademark editions 2015 - 2020.
Best Lawyers named Owen as 2018 Cape Town Intellectual Property Law lawyer of the year.
Owen was named 'Lawyer of the year 2020' in South Africa by Best Lawyers.

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