How to Register a Patent in SA

Always keep your inventions a secret – Do not market or sell the inventions until the patent application has been filed. Obtaining a patent is a two-step process spaced 12 months apart. The South African Patent Office will check to see if all the necessary...

Patent Caveat

A patent caveat no longer exists. It was a form of legal document that could be filed with the patent office of the USA. Patent caveats were in use from 1836 to 1909 when such were discontinued. What Did The Patent Caveat Entail? It was similar to a patent application...

Complete Patent Application

Obtaining a patent in South Africa is essentially a two-step process, with the two steps being spaced 12 months apart. Once a complete patent application has been filed, it is impossible to add additional matter. The reason for this two-step approach to patents is...

Patent Applications in South Africa

Patent applications are submitted to the CIPC Offices in Pretoria, South Africa. Patent applications should include forms P1, P2 and P6 and if made by an attorney or agent, P3. It is important that the description of the specification that goes with form P6 is...