Patent Registration in the U.S

Patent Registration in the U.S International PatentsThe role of the USPTO is to grant patents for the protection of inventions in the United States of America. When the patent expires, the invention is freely available to the public. Patents are not renewable. Under...

How to Patent an Idea

How to Patent an idea in South Africa… and abroad 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, generally, it should...

Know your IP

Know your IP IP (Intellectual property) is considered an asset for any business. Intellectual Property is an intangible asset which means that the asset is not physical, it is as the result of human creativity, thought and inventiveness, and this type of asset forms...

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 industry, involve an inventive step and fall within the categories of...

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. Application for a patent in South Africa must be made through the CIPC...

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 novelty of your invention may be found by...

PCT National Phase South Africa

PCT National Phase applications South Africa Smit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property law firm specialises in Patent PCT National Phase applications in most African countries including South Africa. The PCT National Phase is the second of the two main phases of the...

PCT National Phase Applications

PCT National Phase applications in South Africa The Patent Cooperation Treaty is often referred to as the PCT. It is an international treaty that governs patent filings and cooperation amongst member states. The Patent Cooperation Treaty came into being as far back as...