If your inventions are new, inventive and useful, then they might qualify for patent protection. To protect your rights as an inventor you need to file patent applications for your inventions in each country, where protection is sought.
Obtaining a patent is a two-step process spaced 12 months apart.
File a provisional patent application in South Africa.
File a complete patent application within 12 months of filing the provisional patent application in South Africa, and/or in each country where you wish to obtain patent protection.
An optional fixed cost preliminary novelty search can be conducted to find similar or identical patents. The costs of conducting a fixed cost novelty search in respect of one patent. (inclusive of all fees, official expenses and VAT is limited to approximately R 2500.00)
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