Patent Management System

GlobalIPCo Patent Management System To file South African patents, we use the GlobalIPCo Patent Management System. Cost The GlobalIPCo Patent Management System charges a fixed amount to file a patent. No additional costs are incurred after filing to prosecute the patent to grant. by automating filing and prosecution of our patents, trademarks and designs, we … Read more

January 18th, 2020

Patent South Africa – Online

File your patent in South Africa online using GlobalIPCo: South African Patents, Trademarks and Designs The GlobalIPCo online system also files South African Trademarks and Designs. South African Patent Law Firm All GlobalIPCo patents, trademarks and designs are filed through, and prosecuted to grant by S&Z Patent Attorneys. The online application system includes a “review” … Read more

January 11th, 2020

Patent App Idea

To patent an App idea in the UK, Australia or Canada is a lengthy process – a process that typically takes 4-5 years, whereafter who cares anymore? That’s why Uber and Waze focussed on getting a “Patent Pending Number”. Uber kept its App “patent” pending for 9 long years – a period of uncertainty sufficiently … Read more

December 22nd, 2019

Can you patent an app?

Can I patent an app? Yes. But, that’s not really the question you should be asking. Should I patent my app? Yes. But, that’s also not the correct question. Why should I patent an app? Now, that’s the question! Let me explain: You can’t patent an app “concept”. Generally, it’s the new “step” in the … Read more

November 24th, 2019

How to apply for a patent

Patenting is a process, but no matter where in the world you live, you start the process by applying for a provisional patent. Generally, it makes no difference whether you file your provisional patent in the UK, CA, AU or South Africa. No matter where your provisional patent is filed, it gives the same right … Read more

October 29th, 2019

Template Patent Document

This template patent document will help you write a provisional patent and get a Patent Pending Number. Download Word .doc version of the patent template. The only rule for a provisional patent is that it must “fully describe” the invention. You may write the document however you wish. Some inventors choose to copy the format … Read more

October 22nd, 2019

Provisional patent

A provisional patent enables you to disclose / market / sell your product without jeopardising your patent rights. The provisional patent does not “protect” you; but it does reserve your right to secure patent rights in 177 countries for a year. During this year, you can conduct market research and further develop your product. Your … Read more

October 11th, 2019

Vodacom / Makate – application of the Institutes of Justinian

Until recently, I firmly thought: South African case law was clear: a contract of “sale” required the asset and price to be “certain”; South African court judgements have repeatedly confirmed that, where a price is “uncertain”, the court will not “determine the price”, leaving the clause “unenforceable”; and that the commitment by Vodacom to pay … Read more

September 29th, 2019

Patent Pending UK

UK inventors have many options to get a patent pending number: file a UK patent application prepared by a UK patent attorney (cost: from GBP3,500) file a UK provisional patent application prepared by yourself (cost: GBP75-225) file a provisional patent application in any Paris Convention member country (cost: from US$99). Whether you file your first … Read more

September 4th, 2019

How do I write a provisional patent?

It’s easy to do it yourself! You don’t need to ask a patent attorney to draft a provisional patent; you can write the provisional patent document yourself. Patent law does not require a provisional patent document to be written in a particular way. All it needs to do is “fully describe” the invention. And, to … Read more

September 1st, 2019

In which countries should I register my patent?

At the end of the PCT patent phase, you need to make the tough decision regarding which countries in which to file your patent. This is the expensive leg of the patenting process. As a general rule: choose countries of sale over countries of manufacture. However, this tip does little to narrow down the options. … Read more

July 30th, 2019

The difference between a company name, trade mark and domain name

There is often quite a bit of confusion as to the difference between a company name, a trade mark and a domain name – what rights each of these give you, whether it’s necessary to have a trade mark if you have a registered company name / domain… the list goes on. Company Name What … Read more

July 11th, 2019

What is an Honest Concurrent Use trademark?

Scenario: Party A has been trading for a number of years under a particular brand. The director decides that it may be a good idea to obtain a trademark registration for the brand. A search reveals a registered trademark for Party B, which is very similar to Party A’s brand and which has been registered … Read more

July 7th, 2019

Register Clothing Line

A new clothing line needs a distinctive “Brand”, which can be protected by registering trademarks, designs and patents. But, clothing brands do not start and stop at the NAME / LOGO. Iptica has identified 15 top clothes branding tips. Here are a few of them: Pocket stitching – All top clothing lines create and register … Read more

April 28th, 2019

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

February 15th, 2019

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