How to get a Patent

A patent is an exclusive right granted by a sovereign state to an inventor in exchange for the details of that invention. The procedure on how to get a patent might vary between countries, but a patent application should always include claims that define the...

Patent Protection United States

Patent Protection in the United States of America In simple terms, any person who invents or discovers a new and useful process or composition of matter (or any new and useful improvement thereof) may obtain a patent in the United States of America, subject to certain...

The way in which Patents are granted to change

The Department of Trade and Industry is to go ahead with a controversial change to the way in which patents are granted. Currently, South Africa grants patents without investigating whether the application meets all the legal criteria. In 2013 the DTI proposed changes...

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...

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 Attorneys Durban

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. Patent Attorneys is a specialist South African legal practice dealing exclusively with patents and inventions. If your invention is new, inventive and useful, generally, a patent may be granted for the invention in terms of South African...

Patent Attorneys Cape Town

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is a specialist South African legal practice dealing exclusively with patent law. If your invention is new, inventive and useful, generally, a patent may be granted for the invention in terms of South African Patent Law. Although novelty can...

Patents: Getting Started

1. Novelty Searches in view of obtaining patent protection for an invention If a product or concept identical to yours is already in existence anywhere in the world then you cannot obtain patent protection for the same concept in South Africa (or in most other...

Copyright on the content of Patents

Copyright on the content of patents is still new and legislation differs from country to country. In the USA you can obtain copyright on the content of patent applications if you include a specific notice that stipulates that the disclosure of the patent document...