How to protect my Invention

How to protect my Invention? Remember to keep your invention a secret until the patent application has been filed. Do not market, or sell it until a patent application has been filed. If your invention is new, inventive and useful, generally, subject to certain...

Patent Rights Assignment & Licensing

Patent rights refer to the exclusive rights awarded to an inventor or group of inventors for a period of time in South Africa, providing them monopoly rights over the usage, making, distribution, and commercial exploitation of the invention for the period in South...

The Windmill Invention

A windmill is a structure or machine that converts wind into usable energy through the rotation of a wheel. Heron of Alexandria invented the wind-wheel, constituting the earliest instance of wind harnessing on land.  It was Estakhri who created the earliest known...

Pratley Putty

South African engineer, George Pratley invented the world famous Pratley Putty. He mostly developed innovative products for the mining sector. George Pratley also invented fun products like robots and miniature motorcycles. He established Pratley Engineering in...

Smit & Van Wyk Registers the Stackable Cup

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. attorneys legally represented Mr Marc Cocci with the patent and registered design registrations of his unique invention, the stackable cup, also known as Stack-Cup™. The stackable cup can now be seen at festivals, sports events, bars,...

Eligible Patents In South Africa and Abroad

Eligible patents are the inventions which qualify for patentability according to the patent office and acts of the specific country or the specific patent cooperation treaty for a region or group of member states. Some inventions cannot qualify as eligible patents...

Basic Reverse Engineering

Reverse engineering is a term used to describe the process of getting information about the technical details of a human created device or system by analysing the structure and operation of the item. Reverse engineering can involve the dismantlement of an item and...

Patent Family Explained

The patent family refers to a group of patents registered in several countries to protect an invention. The patent application is done in one country and then obtains priority. This priority is then extended to numerous countries. A patent family is thus one invention...

Patent Registrations in South Africa

Patent registrations may be granted to any invention that is new in all ways – this is known as absolute novelty, it must be useful on a practical level, and it must be inventive – that is to say that it must not be so similar to a previously available article that it...