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Tobias Schonwetter

Dr. Tobias Schonwetter is the Director of the Intellectual Property (IP) Unit ( and an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town's law faculty. He is a Principal Investigator for various intellectual property-related research and capacity building projects, including Open AIR ( Previously, Tobias was a Senior Manager - Technology and Innovation Law - at PwC South Africa as well as the Regional Coordinator for Africa and Legal Lead South Africa for Creative Commons. He also served as an editor for the African Journal of Information and Communication’s (AJIC), Thematic Issues on Knowledge Governance, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town’s IP Unit. Tobias specialises in and teaches intellectual property, particularly the relationship between intellectual property, innovation and development. Tobias studied and practiced law in Germany and holds Ph.D. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Cape Town. Since 2017, Tobias is an Associate Member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Tobias has written numerous articles on intellectual property law and has spoken at various national and international conferences. Tobias’s linked profile is available here and his twitter handle is @tobyschonwetter . Tobias joined the Department of Commercial Law in 2013.