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Patent Attorneys

The Patent Attorneys qualification is a statutory qualification under control of the Patent Examination Board. An Attorney who has this qualification is entitled to register and practice as a Patent Attorney and to Fellowship of the South African Institute of Intellectual Law. Lectures for the Patent Attorneys qualification is presented by members of the SAIIPL during the first semester of each year. The following persons are entitled to attend such lectures:

  • Student members of the Institute who are required to pay a lecture fee each year.
  • Candidates enrolled for the patent examinations, who are not student members of the Institute.
  • Any other person granted permission on application to the Council for the Institute to attend the lectures subject to any conditions which Council may impose on such person. Persons who attend the lectures in terms of this dispensation are not entitled to write the Trade Mark Practitioners examinations.

In order to enrol for the Patent Attorneys qualification, a stamped examination entry form must be lodged at the Patent Office Prior to 15th January of the year in which the examinations are to be written. Late entries are accepted until 31st January only on good cause shown.

Trade Mark & Copyright Attorneys

The Trademark Attorneys qualification is a statutory qualification under control of the Patent Examination Board. An Attorney who has this qualification is entitled to register and practice as a Trademark Attorney and to Fellowship of the South African Institute of Intellectual Law. Lectures for the Trademark Attorneys qualification is presented by members of the SAIIPL during the first semester of each year.

In order to enrol an application form obtainable from the Institute must be lodged with the Administrative Secretary before 15th January of the year in which the examinations are to be written. Late entries until 31st January may be approved by Council only on good cause shown.

More about Intellectual Property Law

Hoe to Patent an Idea in South Africa
The first step is to file a South African provisional patent application for your invention. This is done to obtain the earliest possible date from which to claim rights to your invention, much like an option to protect your invention.

PCT National Phase Applications
A PCT National Phase entry provides a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect intellectual property in each of its contracting states. A patent application filed under the PCT is called an international application, or PCT application. A single filing of an international application is made with a Receiving Office (RO) in one language. It then results in a search performed by an International Searching Authority (ISA)

How to Register a Trade Mark in South Africa
Once a trade mark is registered in South Africa, it needs to be renewed every 10 years to stay in force. However, provided you continue renewing your trade mark registration in South Africa, your rights to the trade mark may last indefinitely. A registered trade mark can be protected forever.

Register a Business Name
By registering a trademark for your business name, competitors are prohibited from exploiting that name. In addition, you may also register multiple trademarks for different product lines, each with their own brand. This will allow you to protect those names or brands, independently of your business name.