Provisional patent applications are made to the CIPRO Offices in Pretoria. Applications must include forms P1, P2 and P6 and, if being made by an attorney or agent, P3.
It is important that the description of the specification that goes with form P6 is comprehensive and clear, and where applicable, detailed drawings must be attached, all on A4 pages.
Provided that the provisional patent application has been accepted, the applicant will receive a reference number in case he or she needs to make reference to the proposed patent.
Once approved the applicant then has 12 months in which to make a Complete Patent Application. This time limit is extendable for a small fee. It normally takes up to 6 months to have complete patent application accepted.
- Gadget Invention Patent Application – Even before you take the gadget invention to another party for review and assistance, file the all important provisional patent application.
- How to Patent Inventions – To protect your rights as an inventor you need to file patent applications for your inventions in each country, where protection is sought.
- Protect your Invention – For public disclosure and protection of an invention, the inventor needs to apply for a patent.
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