Application forms for a provisional patent for your gadget inventions can be found at the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (CIPRO), which is a division of the Department of Trade and Industry. This office is in Pretoria. The forms you will need are:
- P1: Application for a Patent and Acknowledgement of Receipt and should be submitted in duplicate.
- P2: Register of Patents also to be submitted in duplicate
- P3: Declaration of Power of Attorney, 1 only to be submitted
- P6: Provisional Specification, 1 only to be submitted
These forms need to be submitted along with a detailed drawing of the invention and a written description of it. The wording of the description is extremely important, and must be in sufficient detail for a person skilled in the art (i.e. the relevant area of technology) to make and use the invention. It is strongly advisable to seek the services of a qualified Patent Attorney who can make the application on your behalf.