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Omskrywing van ‘n Patent

Omskrywing van ‘n Patent

‘n Patent behels die toekenning van regte deur ‘n regering aan ‘n uitvinder of sy aangewysde vir ’n gegewe tydperk in ruil vir die bekendmaking van die uitvinding. Die prosedure vir die toekenning...

The way in which Patents are granted to change

The way in which Patents are granted to change

The Department of Trade and Industry is to go ahead with a controversial change to the way in which patents are granted. Currently, South Africa grants patents without investigating whether the...

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Patent Trolls

What are Patent Trolls? Patent trolls are people or companies that own patents portfolios and simply license the patents to other entities rather than produce the products themselves, and then they...

Patent Requirements in South Africa

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...

PCT National Phase South Africa

PCT National Phase South Africa

Smit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property law firm specialises in patent PCT national phase applications in South Africa – a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Paris...

Stem Cell Patents

Stem Cell Patents

Embryonic Stem Cell Patents:The ECJ (European Court of Justice) has announced their decision to ban patents for inventions based on embryonic stem cells for all EU states. But does this mean that...

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How to Register a Patent in SA

Step-by-step guide on how to register a Patent in South Africa. Always keep your inventions a secret – Do not market or sell the inventions until the patent application has been filed....

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How to Apply for a Patent?

First and foremost, KEEP THE INVENTION SECRET and do not market, or sell it until a patent application has been filed at the South African Patent Office. Although novelty can never be determined...

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How to protect my Invention

How to protect my Invention? Remember to keep your invention a secret until the patent application has been filed. Do not market, or sell it until a patent application has been filed. If your...

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Patent Rights Assignment & Licensing

Patent rights refer to the exclusive rights awarded to an inventor or group of inventors for a period of time in South Africa, providing them monopoly rights over the usage, making,...

Patent Attorneys

Patent Attorneys

The Smit & Van Wyk qualified and experienced patent attorneys deal exclusively with patent, trademark and copyright law in South Africa and abroad. If your invention is new, inventive and...

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Patents: Getting Started

1. Novelty Searches in view of obtaining patent protection for an invention If a product or concept identical to yours is already in existence anywhere in the world then you cannot obtain patent...

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Patent Pitfalls to Avoid

New inventors often fail to register their patents successfully because they made mistakes during or before the filing of their patent applications. Most of the patent pitfalls can be avoided if one...

Patent Requirements in South Africa

Why create a Patent Holding Company

The patent holding company is the firm that is specifically set-up to manage and enforce patent rights. This can be done by means of infringement lawsuits. The patent holding company is often...

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Patent License Issues

A patent license is normally granted by the patent owner to another party allowing the party to use, make, offer for sale or import the specific invention. What the patent license really does...

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