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How to Patent an Idea

How to Patent an Idea

Keep your Idea a SECRET:It is important to keep your idea a secret because a patent may only be granted for an idea that is new, inventive and useful.  If your idea meets these requirements,...

How to Patent Mobile Apps

How to Patent Mobile Apps

Traditional protection of Mobile Apps The source code, on-screen layout and graphics that form part of a mobile application is protected by Copyright, but what...

Beskerm jou Idees: Patent Registrasie

Beskerm jou Idees: Patent Registrasie

Beskerm jou idees en uitvindings deur middel van ‘n patent registrasie. Hierdie eksklusiewe reg word deur ‘n soewereine staat aan ‘n uitvinder verleen in ruil vir die besonderhede van die uitvinding...

Registered Design vs Patent

Registered Design vs Patent

A registered design protects the appearance of an article, unlike a patent which protects the invention on which an article is based. Even though the underlying principle of operation may be the...

Beskerm jou Idees: Patent Registrasie

Patent Litigation

When a patent is infringed, the patentee has various options to consider including litigation. Litigation is an action brought in court to enforce a particular right and involves a series of steps...

Patented

Patented

What is Patented? There are several categories of Intellectual Property in South Africa. The overall concept of Intellectual Property relates to ideas and creations of the mind. Your ideas and...

How to Patent an Idea

Register a Patent

To register a patent in South Africa is a two-step process, with the two steps being spaced 12 months apart. The reason for this two-step approach to patents is to give you time to determine...

Patent Exploitation

Patent Exploitation

A patent grants exclusive rights to an inventor for a fixed period of time in exchange for the public disclosure of that invention. A patent is an exclusionary right which gives the owner the right...

How to Patent an Idea

Patent an Invention

How to Patent an Invention In order to patent an invention it has to be New, Inventive and Useful. This means that the invention has to be useful to agriculture and...

Patent Duration

Patent Duration

Patent duration refers to the period in which the patent holder has monopoly rights to their invention, the granting of usage, distribution, and marketing rights to others, and the right to...

Filing a Patent

Filing a Patent

To file a patent for an invention in South AfricaRequirements for the invention to be considered eligible for patent rights:- Novel, Original- Not obvious to someone skilled in the art-...

What is a Patent?

What is a Patent?

So what is a Patent and why is it so important? 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....

How to Patent an Idea

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...

What is a Patent?

Patent Attorneys Qualification

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...

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...

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