Biotechnology Patents in South Africa

Without patent protection for usable inventions, investments in science will diminish. Research and development in the life sciences is extremely costly and time-consuming, and most programmes do not have these resources available. However, in order to leverage funding for biotech research, there is usually one prerequisite required funders, and that is a clearly defined biotech patent right to the invention.

How to obtain protection for biotech inventions

All inventions must be novel, inventive and useful in order to be eligible for biotech patent protection. Biotechnological or life sciences inventions are no exception, but it is the manner in which these requirements are addressed that can curb or extend the biotech patent protection you acquire.  Only inventions are eligible for biotech patent protection and not mere discoveries.

Life science inventions which may be eligible for patent protection:

Listed below are examples of life sciences inventions that may be eligible for biotech patent protection. These patent examples should not be considered exhaustive or complete, but serve merely as a guide as to what may possibly be patented in your discipline: Genetic Engineering, Microbiological Sciences, Plant and Animal Sciences, Diagnostics, Pharmaceutical / Chemical sciences, Method of Treatment, Medical sciences.

For more information, please view our Biotech Patents page here.

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