If you have created an invention that is new, useful and has the potential to generate an income for you buy either the function it perform, or by reproducing and selling the invention, you will be well-advised to apply for a patent on this invention. If the patent is granted, it means that the government will protect your sole right to exploit that invention for a certain period of time, meaning that you can enjoy the benefits of your work fully.
There are various requirements for registering a patent, and the best is to speak to a legal representative in this field to ensure you follow the correct route. Smit & Van Wyk Incorporated is a specialist South African legal practice dealing exclusively with intellectual property law, including the registration of and the matters surrounding a patent. Contact us for any advice you may need regarding this topic.
Protecting your ideas in Africa should not be a hassle. Our team of experienced patent attorneys can help protect your inventions and designs in most African countries, OAPI and ARIPO (which accounts for about a 3rd of the countries that you would want to file in)….
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