Patent Pending

To mark a product “Patent Pending“, you must file a patent application, i.e.: a provisional patent application (filed in any one of the 177 Paris Convention countries); a complete patent application; a PCT / international patent application filed with WIPO (Geneva); a national phase patent application; or a convention complete patent application. Each of the … Read more

June 2nd, 2018

What countries does a Patent Pending Number cover?

What is a Patent Pending Number? After coming up with an invention, the first step is to conduct a search to check whether it is “new” worldwide. Next, you should get a Patent Pending Number by filing a provisional patent application. When filing a provisional patent application, you are only required to submit a document … Read more

May 19th, 2018

Convention design application in South Africa

South African convention design applications can now be filed online for only $225. Iptica’s online South African Design Filing system provides for: filing of both Aesthetic designs and Functional designs; disclaimer of portions shown in the drawings in broken lines; a priority claim / a “release date” (within the last 6 months); selection of class(es); … Read more

May 16th, 2018

Online South African design registration

Filing a South African design online with CIPC File your own South African design registration online using the Iptica online design registration system. The Iptica system: assists you to select the relevant class; prepares forms (D3 and Power of Attorney) to file the South African aesthetic design registration. To file a South African functional design, … Read more

March 18th, 2018

Register your South African brand online with Iptica

South African brand owners can now register their trademarks online. Iptica’s online system integrates directly with the South African trademarks office (CIPC) and processes trademarks electronically. By fully automating the process, Iptica is able to offer South African trademark filings for only US$80. The Iptica trademark registration system: guides brand owners through the filing process … Read more

February 22nd, 2018

Free Sample Non-Disclosure Agreement

Iptica has launched the best free customisable non-disclosure agreement (NDA) available. It is written in easy-understandable English, but remains watertight. We tested it and could not find any fault. The Iptica Free NDA permits a high degree of customisation. It should cover any disclosure you may wish to make. If you require an added layer … Read more

February 17th, 2018

Register Patent Pending Numbers for new concepts

Want to mark your new product “Patent Pending”, but struggling to register the patent without funding? It is now possible to get a Patent Pending Number for only US$99. In 2018, Iptica launched a simple online system that enables inventors to get: Patent Pending Numbers for the invention / concept; Trademark Pending Numbers for the … Read more

January 28th, 2018

How to protect my brand

Brands are protected by trademark registrations – to protect your brand in the US, you require a US trademark; to protect your brand in South Africa, you require a South African trademark. We can protect your brand in South Africa and throughout the world. WHEN TO FILE: You can register your brand either before or … Read more

October 18th, 2017

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

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