Novelty

Novelty is obtained from the Latin word novus which means New. Novelty is the quality of being new or being original and unusual. Novelty generally exists in the subjective perceptions of individuals. An invention is a novel device, method, composition or process. It...

What is a Patent?

A patent is a form of intellectual property that offers patent owners exclusive rights to use and exploit their invention. Once the owner of an invention has been granted a patent in any particular country, they then have the legal authority to exclude others from ...

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,...

Apple gets new Patent: Universal Batteries

Apple‘s patent application for a universal battery system has been approved. The patent application was filed in March 2010 and described as a “method and system for recharging batteries for wireless electronic devices”. The patent describes a system that could...

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...

The God Particle

The God Particle (Higgs boson) Physicists working at the the world’s most powerful atom smasher in Switzerland, the Large Hadron Collider, might have discovered what could be the so called God Particle also known as the Higgs boson particle. Rolf Heuer, director of...

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...

Intellectual Property – Namibia

Namibia is a member of ARIPO which means that patents, designs or trademarks may be registered with the official intellectual property office of Namibia or with ARIPO which requires the applicant to choose the specific member states where protection is required. ARIPO...