Why Patent your Invention?

Patents protect inventions, how they work, what they do, what they are made of and how they are made. A Patent gives the owner the right to prevent others from exploiting their invention without permission. Your invention can be exploited by others who copy, make,...

The Intermittent Windshield Wiper

The intermittent windshield wiper was an improvement on the already existing windshield wiper which was patented in 1903. The original windshield wiper had only one speed which was very distracting and dangerous while driving in certain conditions. Robert Kearns tried...

South African girl wins International Science Expo

South African girl wins International Science Expo Chené Mostert from Hoërskool Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal invented a sterilization appliance for toothbrushes after she tested 150 different toothbrushes and found more than 100 different types of bacteria that grew on...

Patent Requirements in South Africa

Patent Requirements: A South African patent may be granted for an invention that is new (novel), inventive and useful. Novelty can never be determined conclusively, but an indication of the novelty of your invention may be found by conducting a patent search. South...

Eugene Polley dies at age 96

Eugene Polley, inventor of the wireless remote control has died of natural causes at the age of 96. His 1955 invention called the Flash-Matic forever changed the way consumers would watch television. His death was announced by the Zenith Electronics Corporation, where...

The Zipper Invention

In 1917 Electrical engineer Gideon Sundback invented the zipper. He was born on 24 April 1880. When he finished his studies in Sweden, he moved to Germany and studied at the polytechnic school in Bingen am Rhein where he took his engineer exam. In 1905 Gideon Sundback...

Programmable Subcutaneous Visible Implant

The Programmable Subcutaneous Visible Implant (WO 1996039977 A1) from the Interval Research Corporation is an electronic implant beneath the skin surface displaying an image based upon a display signal. It displays various re-programmable information or decorative...

Light Bulb Changer

The light bulb changer was invented and patented by Thomas Magdi in December 2004. A light bulb changer method and apparatus that contains components that allows for instantly detecting a burned out light, automatically removing the burned out light, and automatically...

How to Apply for a Patent?

First and foremost, KEEP THE INVENTION SECRET and do not market, or sell it until a patent application has been filed at the South African Patent Office. Although novelty can never be determined conclusively, an indication of the novelty of your invention may be found...
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