Registering a patent in South Africa
Registering a patent goes beyond simply protecting your intellectual property (IP). You are also protecting all the hours of time, research and money that went into testing and perfecting that idea. A patent is an exclusive IP right that is granted for a technological invention.
- Visit the patents registrar’s office
- A search must be conducted to make sure that the invention you want to patent doesn’t already exist
- It takes a long time to register a patent, but a provisional patent can be obtained for a 12 month period
- There are a number of CIPC forms to complete. These must be signed by a patent attorney.
- Your patent will be published in the CIPC Patent Journal (a monthly online publication)
- You will have 18 months to comply with all the requirements
The importance of patenting your intellectual property (IP) cannot be overemphasised.
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