South African trademark annuity for only R1,093

Pay your South African trademark annuity online by credit card using the IdeaNav trademark annuity system . Why pay your trademark annuities through us? You save more than 85% on your trademark annuity cost. All you need is your trademark number. Our system automatically extracts the applicant details, filing date and class. Receive 6 month, 3 month … Read more

August 21st, 2017

Pay trademark renewal in South Africa

South African trademarks must be renewed every 10 years. Using the IdeaNav online trademark renewal system, renewing a trademark can cost as little as R1,027. Adding your trademark to our renewal system is easy: select “South Africa” as the country input your trademark number click “Search” the system finds your trademark and displays your trademark … Read more

August 9th, 2017

Register intellectual property

Protect all your intellectual property (trademarks, patents, designs, copyright and know-how) affordably: Register trademarks To protect your brand (e.g. IBM): Discuss your brand with us over the phone / in a meeting at our Johannesburg offices. We can advise whether your mark is too descriptive (e.g. Johannesburg Clothing Store) or laudatory (e.g. Best Shoes) to … Read more

July 31st, 2017

Patent in Africa

Africa is one of the easiest continents in which to file patents. It has a total population of 1.216 billion people – about 10% shy of China’s – and much of this can be covered by only 4 patent filings. Suggested patent filing strategy for Africa Tier 1 countries: Cover Africa’s economic powerhouses – South … Read more

July 20th, 2017

Patent new food recipe

Say you come up with the best pizza topping combo ever! Can you protect it? No. Why not? For a food recipe to be protected, the new combination of ingredients must yield an unexpected result. For instance, the first Norwegian to make Lutefisk could have patented the process of: salting and drying cod; rehydrating the dried, salted cod for … Read more

June 5th, 2017

Marketing patents – Brush-T success story

The bristled golf tee known as a BRUSH-T, launched in 2000, has been a great commercial success – many golfers have tried it; nearly all are aware of it. A quick search through the patent databases shows various “knock-off” products have been invented, design registered, and patented: And, many of these “copycat products” are on sale: So, … Read more

May 29th, 2017

Protect board game

Board game patent registration Very, very few board games can be protected by patents. Whereas, the US accepts patents for “a method of playing a game”, this category is specifically excluded from being patented in most other countries (including South Africa). Tip: don’t waste time and money patenting your board game. Rather focus on trademarks and designs. … Read more

May 16th, 2017

PCT International patent

What is an “international patent” A PCT patent is often referred to as an “international patent’. However, this is somewhat of a misnomer, as a PCT patent does not become a “patent”. The PCT patent is a step in a patenting process. The patent process Typically, the patenting process includes the following steps: Patent search … Read more

May 7th, 2017

Protect software app – register trademark

Patents, copyright, designs, trademarks – options A software app can be protected by: A registered trademark – typically, this is the most important category of protection. Think: FACEBOOK, GOOGLE. These companies rely primarily on their trademarks to keep competitors at bay. A patent – very few software apps are patentable. For example: a job site for … Read more

April 30th, 2017

Trademark classes for a clothing brand

It is time to protect your new clothing brand. You have decided on your “brand” and created your logo. The next step is to identify the trademark classes in which you should register your brand. This can be confusing, but let us help: The clear frontrunner is: Class 25 – Clothing, footwear and headgear. Hopefully, only … Read more

April 19th, 2017

Register my clothing brand – trademark protection

If you are about to launch a new clothing brand in South Africa: First, check whether you are allowed to use your brand name / logo at a cost of R2,500 plus vat; and Then, file a South African trademark to protect your brand name / logo at a cost of R3,450 plus vat. We … Read more

April 17th, 2017

Candidate patent attorney – software developer

Are you a software developer? Do you wish to become a patent attorney? If so, we would love you to join our team. You must have: a BSc in computer science. Software development experience is a bonus, but not required. Age: You will need to be relatively young and to have few commitments if you wish … Read more

April 17th, 2017

IdeaNav featured on Hangman – intellectual property and prototypes

IdeaNav is proud to be associated with CellC Reality’s HangMan online game show for inventors: If you have an invention and are itching for an opportunity to pitch it to a panel of investors, enter now! Entries close on 21 July 2017. To enter: download the CellC Reality (HangMan) app from the Apple or Android … Read more

January 21st, 2017

Candidate patent attorney – articles, requirements and salary

We need: Software developer interested in becoming a software patent attorney Requirements: Undergraduate science (preferably, computer science or engineering) degree only. For more information on the requirements to qualify as a patent attorney, click here. Age: Recently completed undergraduate degree. Additional studies while articled: You will need to complete a law degree (4 years through … Read more

August 22nd, 2016

How to become a patent attorney

Position available: software developer (aiming to qualify as a candidate patent attorney) Undergraduate degree Most South African patent firms require candidate patent attorneys to have an undergraduate degree in engineering from Wits, UCT, SU, UJ or UP – candidates with technikon / BTech degrees are only seldom selected. We favour software developers and engineers with mechanical … Read more

August 22nd, 2016

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