Patent Law Blog

South African girl wins at Google Science Fair

Fighting drought with fruit South African schoolgirl Kiara Nirghin has won the grand prize at the Google Science Fair for developing a cheap super-absorbent material to help soil retain water. The Google's science fair was open to children from the ages of 13 to 18....

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Patent Applications South Africa

If you have come up with a unique and new invention, you should protect it with a patent. A patent gives you the exclusive right to produce and sell the invention for a certain period of time. A patent is a document that contains a comprehensive description of your...

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The Patent Cooperation Treaty

The Patent Cooperation Treaty, known in short as PCT, was established in 1970 by several member states as an international law treaty to provide a unified manner for patent application filing. The Patent Cooperation Treaty also endeavours to protect patented...

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Fathers of the Internet

Donald Watts Davies, Vinton Gray Cerf and Bob Kahn co-invented the two original protocols of the Internet protocol suite, TCP/IP protocols in 1973, and are considered to be the Fathers of Internet. Internet pioneer Vinton Gray Cerf was born on 23 June 1943 and is...

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The Christmas Tree Invention

A decorated tree associated with the celebration of Christmas. The invention of the Christmas tree is not Patented but there are a number of speculative theories as to where the Christmas tree came from. The modern Christmas tree seems to have originated during the...

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Inventors’ Month

Inventors' Month which used to be held in August is now being held in May. Appeals were made by Edison Nation, Inventors Digest, supporters and founders of National Inventors Month.  May will now represent a month long celebration of invention and creativity....

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Patent Applications AFRICA

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is an intellectual property law firm that specialize in obtaining and protecting your patent and design rights. Our focus is to provide legal services for intellectual property throughout Africa. We assist overseas agents and individual...

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India Generic Drug Infringements

There have been several seizures of Indian generic drug shipments at European ports that were on route to Latin American. European countries were detaining Indian generic drugs on charges of counterfeiting and patent infringement (drug Infringements). India blamed...

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Local Patent Application Requirements

A South African patent refers to the exclusive rights granted by a government or its representative patent office to an inventor for a specific period in exchange for full disclosure of information about the invention to the public. A local patent is just that –...

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