A few of the frequently asked questions about patent applications in South Africa are briefly answered below.
What information is normally required for patent applications
Certain documentation should accompany the application. It is for instance, important to ensure that there is a full description of the invention and its unique features together with drawings or photographs and a prototype or model of the particular invention.
You must also provide details regarding other forms of the invention or particular modifications on the specific invention. In addition you need to provide an explanation of how the particular invention will improve on existing processes or items related to the invention.
It is also important to include the contact details as well as qualifications of the inventor or inventors who worked together on the project.
Is the draughtsman also seen as the inventor?
Not unless the draughtsman is the inventor, will he or she be regarded as such.
Which details of the inventor or inventors should be included in patent applications?
The full contact details, full names, and the occupation, nationality and residential addresses of the inventors and the applicant should be included in the application forms.
Can someone else sign on behalf of the applicant and what information should then be included if it is possible?
Yes, you can provide signage rights to for instance, the patent attorney. The full names and the capacity of the person who will sign on behalf of you as the client must then also be included.
Where can I get more information or help regarding patent applications in South Africa?
You can view the patent category at our website or contact us at Smit & Van Wyk today.