How to file South African Patent in 15 easy steps

To file a South African patent is easy with All you need is the WO / PCT number. Use WIPO website data to populate the input fields. This takes only a couple of minutes. Download forms for signature. Upload the signed forms and copy of the PCT patent specification (downloaded from the WIPO website) … Read more

Feb 26th, 2021

Audi used Patents for Marketing effectively

Audi makes great cars. Audi is also really good at recognising that Patents are a powerful marketing tool. Instead of using Patents primarily for Protection, Audi used Patents to Market how technologically innovative its 2006 A6 was. By comparing the total number of patents covering the NASA Space Shuttle to the number of patents in … Read more

Feb 21st, 2021

Jerusalema Challenge – Copyright infringement warning

It’s so tempting to join something viral; learn a new dance; film your company busting some moves in the parking lot; and post it on Facebook. Coerced “Fun” was had by many to the tune of Master KG’s Jerusalema. Police force joined in, Hospital nurses took some downtime from their COVID patients; even nuns gave … Read more

Feb 18th, 2021

GlobalIPCo growth beats all expectations

After about two years, GlobalIPCo already has more than 3,500 users and manages more than 6,300 patent, trademark and design applications. GlobalIPCo is the only fully automated system for filing and prosecuting South African intellectual property applications to grant. The system enabled S&Z Patent Attorneys (GlobalIPCo’s exclusive South African agents) significantly to increase its efficiency … Read more

Feb 13th, 2021

Requirements to file a South African Patent, Trademark and Design

OPTIONS Traditional option: Email the required information and documents to us, and we will prepare: forms for signature; and the application for filing. Cost: US$585. Online option: Register with GlobalIPCo, complete the application form, download documents for signature and file the application. Filing cost: US$399 (discount available for law firms), Registration cost: US$70, (optional) Courier … Read more

Dec 26th, 2020

Protect my App

Protect your App using a combination of Patents, Trademarks and Designs. But because apps typically have a short “life”, patents will not have the effect you expected. App protection using Patents Considering that it will typically take 4 years to secure enforceable patent rights, granted patent rights are seldom used to “protect” apps. Don’t get … Read more

Nov 10th, 2020

Can a general lawyer file a provisional patent in South Africa?

Yes, general lawyers may file a provisional patent in South Africa, provided they file the application through GlobalIPCo’s provisional patent filing system. Must a patent attorney not lodge the provisional patent application with CIPC? South African patent law permits: an applicant to file his own provisional patent application directly with CIPC; or to lodge the … Read more

Nov 3rd, 2020

What does “Patent Pending” mean?

Many products are marked “Patent Pending”, but what does this mean? The answer isn’t simple, as there are various possible meanings: Meaning 1: The owner intends to secure granted complete patents and enforce his patent rights against copycats The owner has filed a patent application (likely a provisional patent application) with the aim ultimately to … Read more

Oct 27th, 2020

Restaurant patent

These days, restaurants must do something different to attract customers. Just being an “Italian restaurant” with the “best, authentic Italian pizzas” doesn’t cut it. Restaurants must do more. They must intrigue customers to dine. But lure them with what? How about Patents? “Try our Pizza with Patent Pending thin-crisp base” “Taste our Patent Pending truffle-infused … Read more

Oct 20th, 2020

Get a Patent for protection or a Patent Pending Number for marketing and deterrence?

Basically, “Patents” are for protection and “Patent Pending Numbers” are for marketing and deterrence. What is the difference between a Patent and a Patent Pending Number? “Patents” are typically complete patents, drafted by a patent attorney and prosecuted to grant in countries in which patent protection is required. Once granted, the Patent is enforceable against … Read more

Oct 13th, 2020

How do I sell my idea?

If you have an idea, you cannot just send a company an email and offer to sell it to them. First, you need something to sell No-one buys “ideas” or “concepts”. But, companies do buy patents and designs. You must convert your idea to an “asset” that can be sold. Without a patent or design, … Read more

Oct 6th, 2020

Cost to prototype my idea in South Africa

The cost to prototype your idea depends on the prototype you wish to create. We can assist you to: conceptualise your idea; create a 3D CAD model of your product; create a functional prototype – whether 3D printed or made of sheet metal; generate photorealistic posters showcasing your product; create videos explaining your product; and … Read more

Sep 30th, 2020

Can I patent my new business method?

It is difficult to protect a Business Method using patents. The reason is that Business Methods are specifically excluded from being patented. But, this did not stop Discovery from trying to patent its Vitality concept, Life Insurance and Car Insurance offerings. What Discovery Vitality did was to file a South African provisional patent application for … Read more

Sep 24th, 2020

How long does a Trademark take?

Most people are under the impression that their trademark will be registered shortly after filing. Unfortunately, this is not the case and the typical timeline for an unopposed trademark is set out below. Filing Within 1-3 business days of filing your trademark, you will receive confirmation of filing from the Trademarks Office. This filing receipt … Read more

Sep 17th, 2020

Protect my Food Recipe

There are many ways to protect your food recipes – get a patent pending number to protect the unique combination of ingredients; protect the new cooking method; protect how the food is prepared (e.g. how meat is tenderised or how tuna is cut). The Iptica Patent Cookbook provides hundreds of examples of patents that protect … Read more

Sep 10th, 2020

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