In This Issue:
- About our Mining Sector
- Seismic Shift
- A Whole New Ball Game – Coal Sales in China
- OHADA – What Foreign Investors Need to Know
- Breaking the Drought – the Exploration Development Incentive
- Review of Mining-Related Laws in Botswana
- Intellectual Property – The Mining Sector’s Saviour or Greatest Threat?
- Short Cuts
- Spotlight – Aston Goad
- Excerpt from Intellectual Property – The Mining Sector’s Saviour or Greatest Threat?
For the past decade the mining boom has enabled those companies lucky enough to work in the industry to grow and prosper. With the resources sector tightening the focus has shifted to protecting that growth to ensure the continued profitability of mining companies and suppliers alike. One mechanism by which companies are looking to protect their position is intellectual property rights, most notably patents and confidential information (know how).
Both are effective tools to ensure exclusive rights to technology and processes. For the owner, they enjoy market advantage as the sole provider of certain products or services or improved profitability as the result of their exclusive use of the best processes. This is clearly a huge advantage...
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