Is it possible to patent food recipes in South Africa? The South African Patents Act does not reject recipes for patent protection, but recipes must be subject to the provisions of the Act. The recipe has to be new, involve an inventive step and be capable of being used in trade, industry or agriculture.
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A method of combining ingredients is patentable according to the Patents Act, but merely combining certain ingredients may only be patentable if the ingredients have never been combined before or the combining order is new. These combined ingredients would also have to result in something new and not be obvious.
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