Presenting our clients’ patented invention, The Rain Catcher, which was developed in South Africa. The invention is a lightweight device that collects rain, which can in turn be used as safe drinking water. It is also suitable for post Hurricane and post Tornado water collection especially with a damaged infrastructure. The invention has been tested in various situations and one specific test included a 2 year exposure to the elements which delivered promising results regarding durability and reliability. The device itself weights roughly 1kg and is easy to assemble as proven by children in Africa. The Rain Catcher is protected by patent rights. Click here to contact the distributor of the The Rain Catcher
How can you Patent your Idea?
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 be eligible for protection in terms of South African patent law, but once you reveal your idea to the public, or start selling the invention, you may not apply for protection. Patents are time and date sensitive. You have 12 months in which to file a complete patent application based on your South African provisional patent application. However, should you wish to proceed with the filing of a complete patent application, it is important that you contact us within 10 months or so of filing your provisional patent application in order to give us sufficient time to draft and prepare a complete patent application for your invention – failure to do so will result in a surcharge being levied for urgency. In addition, failure to file a patent application or patent applications within the set deadlines may result in your patent rights being forfeited.
South Africa has an “absolute” novelty requirement, which means that similar inventions anywhere in the world will destroy the novelty of your idea, thereby forfeiting your rights. It is important to do a patent search before applying for a patent.