VBS Mutual Bank ABANDONS its trademarks

VBS MUTUAL BANK knew on 11 August 2018 that they were toast! On that day VBS let its most important asset – the original VBS trademark registration – LAPSE due to non-payment of the 2018 renewal fee. The trademark renewal would only have cost R960 through the IdeaNav Online Trademark Renewal System. Clearly there are … Read more

October 14th, 2018

How to patent a software app

It is difficult to get one’s head around which software apps are patentable. Each country applies its own test. And, the tests themselves are rather arcane. Europe requires a “technical effect that goes beyond the normal technical interaction between the hardware and software”. South Korea largely mirrors the European test. And, China, South Africa and … Read more

September 15th, 2018

“Patent” – what does it mean and what is it?

“Patent” is: A 20 year right to prevent others from making, importing or selling your product. Granted for inventions that are “new” and “not obvious”. A process that starts with a Provisional patent / Patent Pending Number ($99). Often referred to as a provisional patent, PPA, complete patent, PCT / international patent or national phase … Read more

August 25th, 2018

How to register a design

Steps to apply for a design registration: Register with Iptica’s online South African design filing system. Complete the applicant name and address fields. Select your classes (i.e. goods the design must cover). Take and upload photos of your product using your phone. Sign forms electronically. Pay US$225. See more: How to apply for a SA … Read more

August 18th, 2018

How to register a patent

Steps to apply for a patent: Register with Iptica’s online South African patent filing system. Fill in the applicant and inventor details. Enter the title of your invention. Upload a document fully describing your invention. Sign forms electronically. Pay US$99. See more: How to – DIY patent The Iptica system completes the forms and automatically … Read more

August 11th, 2018

How to register a trademark

Steps to apply for a trademark: Register with Iptica’s online South African trademark filing system. Fill in the applicant details. Enter your WORD mark or upload your LOGO. Select your classes (i.e. goods / services the trademark must cover). Sign forms electronically. Pay US$99. See more: How to apply for a SA trademark The Iptica … Read more

August 4th, 2018

KFC adword: “CHICKEN LICKEN MENU – KFC” Seriously?

How cheeky is this? KFC uses a Google Adword: “CHICKEN LICKEN MENU” And, then pays top dollar to ensure that this Adword appears at the top of the Google search page when you are searching for a “Chicken Licken Menu”. Instead of satisfying your craving for delicious Chicken Licken Hot Wings, you could easily end … Read more

June 19th, 2018

Patent Pending

To mark a product “Patent Pending“, you must file a patent application, i.e.: a provisional patent application (filed in any one of the 177 Paris Convention countries); a complete patent application; a PCT / international patent application filed with WIPO (Geneva); a national phase patent application; or a convention complete patent application. Each of the … Read more

June 2nd, 2018

What countries does a Patent Pending Number cover?

What is a Patent Pending Number? After coming up with an invention, the first step is to conduct a search to check whether it is “new” worldwide. Next, you should get a Patent Pending Number by filing a provisional patent application. When filing a provisional patent application, you are only required to submit a document … Read more

May 19th, 2018

Convention design application in South Africa

South African convention design applications can now be filed online for only $225. Iptica’s online South African Design Filing system provides for: filing of both Aesthetic designs and Functional designs; disclaimer of portions shown in the drawings in broken lines; a priority claim / a “release date” (within the last 6 months); selection of class(es); … Read more

May 16th, 2018

Online South African design registration

Filing a South African design online with CIPC File your own South African design registration online using the Iptica online design registration system. The Iptica system: assists you to select the relevant class; prepares forms (D3 and Power of Attorney) to file the South African aesthetic design registration. To file a South African functional design, … Read more

March 18th, 2018

Register your South African brand online with Iptica

South African brand owners can now register their trademarks online. Iptica’s online system integrates directly with the South African trademarks office (CIPC) and processes trademarks electronically. By fully automating the process, Iptica is able to offer South African trademark filings for only US$80. The Iptica trademark registration system: guides brand owners through the filing process … Read more

February 22nd, 2018

Free Sample Non-Disclosure Agreement

Iptica has launched the best free customisable non-disclosure agreement (NDA) available. It is written in easy-understandable English, but remains watertight. We tested it and could not find any fault. The Iptica Free NDA permits a high degree of customisation. It should cover any disclosure you may wish to make. If you require an added layer … Read more

February 17th, 2018

Register Patent Pending Numbers for new concepts

Want to mark your new product “Patent Pending”, but struggling to register the patent without funding? It is now possible to get a Patent Pending Number for only US$99. In 2018, Iptica launched a simple online system that enables inventors to get: Patent Pending Numbers for the invention / concept; Trademark Pending Numbers for the … Read more

January 28th, 2018

How to protect my brand

Brands are protected by trademark registrations – to protect your brand in the US, you require a US trademark; to protect your brand in South Africa, you require a South African trademark. We can protect your brand in South Africa and throughout the world. WHEN TO FILE: You can register your brand either before or … Read more

October 18th, 2017

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