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

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

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

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

Nedbank and the card blocking patent by Kutumane and Jwabi

What did Kutumane and Jwabi actually patent? With effect from 31 July 2015, Kutumane and Jwabi patented a “Method of and system for activating or deactivating a financial transaction card” (ZA2016/05259). The patented method focussed on the following steps: receiving a request from a user to activate / deactivate a card; prompting the user to … Read more

December 14th, 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

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

November 21st, 2018

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