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World IP Day: Competition Winners

17 May 2017 - 12:30

Congratulations to Joshua Clegg and Theshen Thaver who are the winners of competition at the recent World IP Day Exhibition. Joshua and Theshen are first year electrical and civil engineering students, respectively and hope to continue through to post graduate studies in their chosen fields. IP awareness raising directed at undergraduates is an invaluable because they are tomorrow’s researchers, so teaching them about the importance of IP protection at this stage already shapes their minds with a “think, protect and innovate” mind-set, with the goal being to positively impact society through their research and education.

In the competition, which created a buzz and excitement at World IP Day, the participants were tasked to choose the right answer to the question “What is the first invention to be patented at UCT?” Entrants were provided with three possible answers to choose from and the winners, who had chosen the correct answer, were selected in a lucky draw by Hilary Lamb.  The correct answer was “B” -  “a pulverising method and apparatus”.