Simplify South African patents

South African patents are simple. Don’t complicate them. Our tips: 1. File online through GlobalIPCo2. Amend only when you wish to institute infringement proceeding3. Pay all renewal fees upfront4. Secure grant within 4 months of filing Discounted pricing for law firms If you are a foreign patent firm, you can obtain a granted South African … Read more

Jan 20th, 2022

Tips to reduce the cost of South African patents

South African patents offer incredible value and should be a default selection during the PCT national phase. Here are some tips on how to reduce the cost of South African patents: Delay amendments Many applicants spend a lot of money vetting South African patents and amending them prior to grant. This is generally not necessary. … Read more

Dec 31st, 2021

South African patent filings increase by 35% in 2021

Amazingly, COVID increased South African patent filings by +35%. How? The significant increase in South African patent filings is largely due to law firms choosing to file South African patents through the GlobalIPCo online system, and to the South African Patent Office’s efforts in significantly reducing the time to grant patents. Also, remote working resulted … Read more

Dec 27th, 2021

Patent Renewal Software

Patent firms can now take back control of your own renewals. License a tried and tested renewal system to manage your renewals; select your own agents; add & process your own renewals; and integrate into your own payment system. Control your own data and provide your clients with online access to instruct their renewals online … Read more

Dec 19th, 2021

Nearly half of South African patents are now filed online through GlobalIPCo

The GlobalIPCo system has revolutionised South African patents. Established in 2017, the GlobalIPCo system now has +3,500 users and manages more than 8,300 applications. In November 2021, GlobalIPCo filed +500 South African patents, representing nearly half of all new South African patents filed. Benefits of using the GlobalIPCo system The GlobalIPCo system gives users control … Read more

Dec 18th, 2021

GlobalIPCo now manages about 50% of new South African patents filed

About half of South African patents are now filed using the GlobalIPCo patent management system. Since June 2021, the number of South African patents filed using the GlobalIPCo system has increased by around 40% per month, compounded. In November the GlobalIPCo system filed 521 South African complete patents, representing about 50% of all (1,235) South … Read more

Dec 11th, 2021

S&Z becomes the top filer of South African patents

In September 2021, S&Z became the largest filer of South African patents, capturing more than 27% of the South African complete patent market. October 2021 saw S&Z file 297 patents, increasing its market share to 31%. November saw S&Z increase its filings to +500 patents per month, representing nearly 50% of the South African market. … Read more

Oct 3rd, 2021

3 Month Patent Certificate in South Africa

Our average time for couriering a South African patent certificate is 3 months from the filing date. Some times we even get it down to 6 weeks. For example: ZA2021/05498 was filed on 3 August 2021; accepted on 11 August 2021; published on 25 August 2021; and sent to the client today (16 September 2021). … Read more

Sep 16th, 2021

Time for South African patent acceptance, grant and courier of certificate

During the course of 2021, we have been working with the South African Patent Office to reduce the time taken for: acceptance of South African patents (with request for accelerated acceptance); grant of South African patents; and issuance of the registration certificate for South African patents. S&Z files more than 250 patents per month and … Read more

Aug 16th, 2021

GlobalIPCo Patent Management System for Chinese applicants

About GlobalIPCo GlobalIPCo has developed a system that files and manages prosecution of South African patents. The system is integrated with the South African Patent Office’s system to enable users to: file South African patents (designs and trademarks); late-lodge documents; request expedited acceptance / accelerated grant; obtain acceptance within 1 month (typically within 2 weeks) … Read more

Aug 8th, 2021

S&Z remains top filer of SA patents for Chinese applicants

S&Z is the top filer of South African patents for Chinese patent applicants. With exclusive use of the GlobalIPCo patent management system, S&Z has reduced the time from filing a South African patent to couriering the patent registration certificate to under 3 months. This commitment continued to be met despite the third COVID wave and … Read more

Aug 4th, 2021

Expedited acceptance of patents in South Africa

Patent acceptance within 2-4 weeks When filing a South African patent, we can (without additional charge) request expedited acceptance of the patent. Requesting expedited acceptance reduces the time for acceptance from 9 months to 2 weeks (or 4 weeks during Covid Stage 4 Lockdown). Following acceptance, we arrange for the patent to be published in … Read more

Jul 15th, 2021

Patent certificate within 3 months of filing

Proof that we can courier South African patent certificates within 3 months of filing: South African patent application no. 2021/02863 was filed by S&Z on 29 April April 2021. Within a week (i.e. on 6 May 2021) the application was accepted by the South African Patent Office. Publication occurred on 26 May 2021 and the … Read more

Jul 9th, 2021

Patent disconnect – Protection v Deterrence

Inventors’ “talk” and “meaning” when it comes to patents is often disconnected. When discussing patents, inventors ALWAYS mention “Protect” – “I need to protect my idea“. However, if you ask whether they would drag anyone to Court for infringement, the answer is generally “No”. With no intention to enforce the patent legally, inventors are often … Read more

Jun 28th, 2021

South African Patent – the new Australian Innovation Patent

The Australian Innovation Patent was very popular – it was quick, easy and affordable. But this option expires during August 2021. What’s the alternative? A South African complete patent. S&Z and GlobalIPCo have created a patent filing and management system that ensures issuance of a South African complete patent registration certificate within 3 months of … Read more

Jun 23rd, 2021

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