Granting of Silk:
B.A, LL.B (1981, Natal) LL.M (1991, Unisa) (Intellectual Property)
Areas of Practice:
Trade Marks, Copyright, Patents and Designs,
Counterfeits, Domain Name Disputes,
Confidential Information and Unlawful Competition,
Restraints of Trade,
Advertising Regulatory Board
From 1983 to 1992, Owen practised at the Side-Bar. He was a partner in a top-tier intellectual property practice and litigated on behalf of local and international clients in areas of intellectual property, unlawful competition, and restraints of trade. He was admitted as a Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law and qualified as a Trade Mark Practitioner. In 1992 Owen was called to the Bar. He practised at the Pretoria Bar until late 1999, when he moved to Sandton and joined Maisels Group. He was recommended by the Bar Council for the status of silk in 2012 and was appointed SC in 2014.
As an intellectual property specialist, he has appeared – and still does – in all divisions of the High Court, and before the Supreme Court of Appeal, the Constitutional Court, the Commissioner of Patents, the Registrar of Trade Marks, and the Copyright Tribunal. Owen is a Senior Adjudicator on the panel of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law for domain name disputes. In this capacity he has delivered numerous seminal judgments and has sat as an appeal panellist. For over a decade, Owen served as the External Moderator of the annual trademark law examination for the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.
In 2018 he lectured the full-semester copyright module for University of Johannesburg’s LLM in intellectual property and has given guest lectures in trademark law and copyright law at Stellenbosch University and UCT. Owen has regularly published articles on developments in the laws of trademarks, copyright and unlawful competition, as well as presenting papers on intellectual property issues at industry conferences and seminars. For several years he served as a Board member of the Writers Guild of South Africa, the representative body for screenwriters in South Africa. Owen is the author of “Lawful Living”, a book which presents all statutory prohibitions in plain language and which in February 2018 was honoured with an endorsement by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.