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File Patent & Design Applications

File Patent & Design Applications

Patent & design applications are not mutually exclusive, and there are many instances in which it would be advantageous to file both patent & design applications for the same new product. In...

South African Registered Designs

South African Registered Designs

South African registered designs may be filed for the appearance of an article, provided that the particular appearance is new when compared to other articles of a similar nature. In South Africa,...

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South African Design

A South African Design may be protected in terms of the The South African Designs Act No. 195 of 1993 which gives the owner of a registered design control over their design for a limited...

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Industrial Designs

What is industrial design? An industrial design is the ornamental or aesthetic aspect of an article. The design may consist of three-dimensional features, such as the shape or surface of an article,...

Design protection in South Africa

Design protection in South Africa

Design protection in South Africa is awarded based on the article appearance and not the underlying invention of the article. Design protection is cheaper than patent protection and is often in...

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Registered Design Renewals

Registered designs (South Africa) must be renewed within the allotted timeframe and must be done on the 3rd anniversary of the registration. There is a six months grace...

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Application for Design Registration

Applications for design registrations are filed at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission in Pretoria. Some designs are necessitated by function and others are aesthetic, although it is...

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Aesthetic vs Functional Designs

The difference between aesthetic and functional designs are briefly explained below to help you make an informed decision regarding the appropriate section for your specific design. In both cases, a...

Scott Summit’s breathtaking Prosthetic designs

Scott Summit’s breathtaking Prosthetic designs

Industrial designer Scott Summit founded Bespoke Innovations in 2010 in collaboration with an orthopaedic surgeon, to create breathtaking artificial limbs that the patients themselves can choose and...

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Registered Designs

A registered design protects the appearance of art, unlike a patent which protects the underlying invention on which an article is based. The appearance of an object may be protected by...

South African Registered Designs

Concept Design

Concept design is a form of illustration where the main goal is to present a design for use in films, games, animation, or products, cars, buildings, before it is put into the final...

The International Design Alliance – IDA

The International Design Alliance – IDA

The IDA (International Design Alliance) is a venture between the international organizations that represent design and aim to bring the benefits of design to world bodies, governments, business and...

Design Rights in South Africa

Design Rights in South Africa

Design rights refer to the intellectual property rights associated with the shape, patterns, and configuration of an item, combination of texture, shape and patterns as well as ornamentation...

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Design Applications

Design applications don't have not be complicated although the various terms and conditions may become confusing. A South African registered design protects the appearance of an article, unlike a...

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