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Mostert, Professor Frederick

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Frederick is a Professor of Practice at The Dickson Poon School of Law.  He is also a Research Fellow at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, University of Oxford, and a Research Fellow at Peking University, Beijing.  He serves on the Advisory Council of the McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law (San Francisco) and is the founder of the Digital Communities Lab.

He received the ‘Rising Star’ Teaching Excellence Award from King’s for 2017-18. Frederick was also inducted into the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame in 2015, which honours those who have helped to establish intellectual property as one of the key business assets of the 21st century. 

Frederick is a Past President of the International Trademark Association and currently the President of the Luxury Law Alliance. He served as Chief Intellectual Property Counsel and Chief Legal Counsel of Richemont, which includes Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Alfred Dunhill, and Chloe. He is currently an Advisor on Corporate Culture to the President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

His op-eds have been featured in the Financial Times and the South China Morning Post.

Some of Frederick’s most notable pro bono legal assistance has been provided to President Nelson Mandela (South Africa), the Shaolin Monks (China) and the Confucius Foundation – a children's charity (Hong Kong).

He is a member of the New York Bar and a solicitor of England and Wales.  He has practised corporate law at Shearman and Sterling (New York) and international intellectual property law at Fross, Zelnick (New York), Lehrman & Zissu in New York.  Frederick has an LLM from Columbia University School of Law in New York and an LLD from the University of Johannesburg.



  • Famous and Well-known Marks – An International Analysis, First Edition,Butterworths, 1997,Principal Author with contributions by 18 Specialist Co-authors.  Second Edition,International Trademark Association, 2004, Principal Author with contributions by 32 Specialist Co-authors.
  • From Edison to iPod – Protect Your Ideas and Profit, Dorling Kindersley, Published February 2007-2016.  International editions published with co-authors – United States, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and South Africa.
  • Intellectual Property and Information Wealth: Issues and Practices in the Digital Age (2007) edited by Peter K. Yu (4 volumes) Contributor:Volume 3, Chapter 10:  Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, International Recognition and Protection of Famous and Well-Known Marks, January 2007.
  • International Intellectual Property Law and Policy by Graeme B. Dinwoodie, published 2001.  Contributor to a Chapter – Famous and Well-Known Marks.  Is Harmony Possible in the Global Village? 
  • International Trademark Treaties & Agreements, INTA, November 1998, Editor.


  • Study on Approaches to Online Trademark Infringements, World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, September 2017.
  • International Common Approaches to Intermediary Responsibility,co-authored with Sabesh Asokan, Intellectual Property Magazine, 9 August 2017.
  • The Importance of the element of Bad Faith in International Trade Mark Law and its Relevance Under the new Chinese Trade Mark Law Provisions,Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 23 May 2017.
  • Bad Faith,China Intellectual Property Magazine, 15 February 2017.
  • Malicious identification – judging from the behavior of the subjective and objective, China Intellectual Property Magazine, May 2016.
  • Hacked off: protecting intellectual property online, co-authored with Lianna Chan, Intellectual Property Magazine (pages 33 and 34), April 2014.
  • Domini di Domaine Senza Denominazione, co-authored with Lianna Chan,Spirito diVino (page 17) Febbraio/Marzo 2014.
  • Notice and Takedown for Trademarks, The Trademark Reporter (page 249) January-February 2011.
  • Notice and Trackdown, Intellectual Property Magazine (page 19), June 2011.
  • Trademarks: Take down Shake Up, Intellectual Property Magazine (page 14) February 2011.
  • Auction sites: time for a history lesson,  World Trademark Review, Issue 27, October/November 2010.
  • Famous and well-known marks: the challenges of protection, co-authored with Silvia Beltrametti, World Trademark Review, Issue 13 May/June 2008, (page 4).
  • Confucius, the Internet and Intellectual Property,TrademarkWorld, Issue 205 (page 43) March 2008. 
  • The Famous Marks Index, Trademark World, April 2004, Issue 166 (page 21).
  • Authenticity: The Timeless Quest, Trademark World, April 2003, Issue 156 (page 22).
  • Confucius and the Digital Copy Revolution, Peking University Intellectual Property Review, 2003.
  • China and Trademarks, The Trademark Reporter (INTA Special 125th Anniversary Issue “125 Years of Excellence”) January-February 2003, Vol. 93, No. 1 (page 122).
  • International Trademark Association: Strength Through Global Diversity 1998-1999 Year-End Review, Trademark World, May 1999, No. 117 (page 29).
  • No privacy, too high a price?, New Law Journal, U.K., September 19, 1997 (page 1337).
  • When is a Mark “Well-Known”?, I.P.Q. No. 3 (1997), (page 377).
  • Well-known and Famous Marks: Is Harmony Possible in the Global Village?, Patents and Licences Journal (Russia), December 1997, (page 23) Published in Russian.
  • Public figures and privacy: Paparazzi beware – in South Africa anyway, De Rebus, November 1997, No. 358 (page 726).
  • Famous Trade Dress: Dilution on Competing Products, Trademark World, Issue 95, March 1997 (page 20).
  • Well-known and Famous Marks: Is Harmony Possible in the Global Village?, The Trademark Reporter, March-April, 1996, Vol. 86, No. 2 (pages 103-141).
  • The Protection of Famous Trade Marks on Non-competing Goods,Intellectual Property Studies (China), Number One, 1996 (page 89) published in Chinese.
  • The Protection of Well-known Trade Marks on Non-competing Goods, Australian Intellectual Property Journal, May 1996, Volume 7, Number 2 (pages 76-86).
  • Protection of Well-Known Trade Marks under the New Act, De Rebus, July 1995 (page 443), Co-author with Anton W. Mostert.
  • Unauthorised Use of Geographical Indications on Non-Competing Goods, Symposium on the International Protection of Geographical Indications, World Intellectual Property Organisation, April 5 & 6, 1995, Melbourne (page 199).
  • Copyright in Financial Documents, European Intellectual Property Review, January 1994 (page 6), Journal of International Banking, July 1994 (page 265), International Quarterly, July 1995 (page 536).
  • Is Goodwill Territorial or International?, European Intellectual Property Review, December 1989 (page 44).
  • The Development of the Natural-Law Principle as One of the Principles Underlying the Recognition of Intellectual Property, The South African Law Journal, August 1987 (page 480).
  • The Parasitic Use of the Commercial Magnetism of a Trade Mark on Non-Competing Goods, European Intellectual Property Review, November 1986 (page 342).
  • International Aspects of the Rights of Publicity, The Merchandising Reporter (U.S.), March 1986 (page 3).
  • Trademark Dilution and Confusion of Sponsorship in United States, German and English Law, International Review of Industrial Property and Copyright Law, 1986 (page 80) (Max Planck Institute).
  • The Right to the Advertising Image, The South African Law Journal, August 1982 (page 413).
  • Case Comment:  Soja (Pty) Ltd v Tuckers Land and Development Corporation (Pty) Ltd 1981 3 SA 314 (A), Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law, August 1981 (page 321).
Op-ed and Features
  • China clamps down on pirate trademark ransoms for famous brands, Op-Ed piece.  Financial Times, 30 June 2017.
  • Ensure you have more than bragging rights, Op-Ed piece.  Financial Times, 10 June 2016.
  • Fakes give Alibaba chance to turn crisis into opportunity, Op-Ed piece.  Financial Times, 8 June 2016.
  • Counterfeits on Ebay: who is responsible? Op-Ed piece.  Financial Times, 17 July 2008.
  • Two Cheers for Honest Trade in Brands, Op-Ed piece.  South China Morning Post, 26 April 2004.
  • The Intellectual Property Debate Meets Confucius, South China Morning Post, 2 December 2002 (Op Ed Page).
  • Faking Supercars? AutoWeek, 18th August 2008.
  • Faking It, Cigar Aficionado, (page 78) April 2008.
  • A Fistful of Fakes, Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (page 85) 2012.
  • To Copy or Not to Copy?, City to Cities, March/April 2003, Issue 20 (page 36).
Research Interests

International aspects of trade mark and unfair competition law, copyright and design rights. Digital law enforcement of intellectual property rights.  Balancing of Free Speech and Privacy Interests with Intellectual Property rights. 





























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