What is a Patent?

A patent is the sole right granted to an inventor by the State for a given length of time in exchange for making the invention known to the public. Application for a patent in South Africa must be made through the CIPC in Pretoria and are only valid in South Africa....

Patent Search

Why do a Patent Search? The rights of a patent may only be conferred on the inventor if the invention is new and inventive. The invention must thus be novel. This means that the key aspects of the invention may not have been described in any form anywhere in the world...

Recipe Patents in South Africa

Recipe Patents in South Africa Is it possible to patent food recipes in South Africa? According to the Patents Act No. 57 of 1978 of South Africa, a patent may be granted for any new invention which involves an inventive step and which is capable of being used in...

Apple v. Samsung

In January 2007 just before the iPhone was introduced, Apple patented 4 designs for the shape of the iPhone. These were followed by color design patents of 193 screen shots depicting various iPhone graphical user interfaces. It was from these designs along with...

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...

The #Hashtag Idea

The word hashtag is an unspaced phrase prefixed with the # symbol. The #hashtag symbol can be found on most keyboards when pressing down the shift and no. 3 key simultaneously. The #Hashtag Idea Chris Messina, the former Google designer first proposed that Twitter...

Easter Fun Facts

Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday that falls after the full moon following the vernal equinox. For most children, Easter is about bunnies that visit in the night, leaving colorful eggs, but for Christians, Easter Sunday is the day that Christ resurrected after...

Associate appointed at Smit & Van Wyk, Inc.

Chantal Hoffelner,  registered Patent Attorney who initially graduated cum laude from the University of Free State with a Masters Degree in Microbiology, was recently appointed an associate at Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. Chantal also has an LLB degree, as well as a...

FICPI 2015

FICPI 2015 will be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa from 13 to 17 April 2015. The FICPI World Congress is the perfect opportunity to meet and network with leading intellectual property professionals from all over the world. It is also a chance for your firm to...