Patent food recipe

Many of your favourite foods were once patented: Space Candy patented the method of making its popping candy; Jelly Beans and Eskimo Pie ice cream patented their food recipes; and Rolo and LifeSavers patented its food packaging (and then pretended that the sweet was patented). See the Iptica Facebook page for hundreds of food recipe … Read more

May 21st, 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

May 19th, 2019

How to Patent my App

To patent an app, first get a Patent Pending Number. This gives you 1 year to grow (with breathing space). Uber kept its app patent “pending” for 9 years. It was much more valuable during this “patent pending” period than it is now that it’s patented. During the Patent Pending period, competitors didn’t know what … Read more

May 18th, 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

10-times increase in South African patent and design renewal fees

South Africa will increase its patent and design renewal fees on 1 July 2019. For companies, the official renewal fee for both patents and designs will increase 10x. What to do Save by paying all your future patent and design renewals upfront before 24 June 2019 … at today’s rate. How to pay renewals to … Read more

March 21st, 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

Ubuntu Baba / Woolworths – who actually copied whom?

Everyone’s savaging Woolworths for copying Ubuntu Baba. Poor Woolworths! And, I’m not being facetious. I really mean: poor Woolworths. They only “copied” a “copy”. Is Ubuntu Baba new? No. Is it itself a “copy” of someone else’s infant carrier? Most likely. Is this bad? Not if making the copy is permitted – everyone copies someone; … Read more

January 11th, 2019

How to protect your clothing line – advice from JLT Clothing Designer

Jess is a clothing designer and owner of the clothing line JLT. Sure, many of her clothes have been copied over the past 20 years, but she takes simple, affordable steps to protect her clothing designs. Here are her top 5 tips: Tip #1 – Protect your clothing Brand Definitely trademark register your clothing Brand … Read more

December 15th, 2018

Renew Patent- South Africa

Pay South African patent renewals for only R700 ($50) using the IdeaNav online patent renewal system. How to migrate South African patent renewals to IdeaNav South African patentees are not required to pay renewals through the patent firm that filed their patent. You are free to: upload your South African patents to the IdeaNav renewal … Read more

December 15th, 2018

Renew Patent – South Korea

You can pay South Korean patent renewals online using the IdeaNav Korean patent renewal system. How to pay South Korean patent annuity online: Register and upload your South Korean patent on the IdeaNav Korean patent renewal system. Add the Korean patent renewal to your cart and checkout, paying by credit card. The system will send … Read more

November 28th, 2018

Top 10 Patent Websites

#1 Top patent website – Licensing, Tax & Exchange Controls The S&Z website provides useful information regarding: intellectual property commercialisation (incl. patent and trademark licensing / sale); relevant South African tax provisions; relevant South African exchange control provisions; how to negotiate a patent licence; intellectual property royalty rates; and how to value patents and trademarks. … Read more

November 19th, 2018

How SARS should deal with intellectual property transfer pricing

On 27 December 2018, Judge Dennis Davis (the head of the now defunct Tax Committee) again prioritised intellectual property transfer pricing – apparently, transfer pricing contraventions are costing the fiscus R7 billion per year. But how does SARS / Treasury fix this? It’s time to peak out of the box – beyond: employ more tax … Read more

October 27th, 2018

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

“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

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