September 15, 2011
Patent News and Interesting Facts
To protect your rights as the owner of an invention, you need to file a patent application for the invention in each country, where protection is sought.
If your invention is new, inventive and useful, then it might qualify for patent protection.
Obtaining a patent is a two-step process spaced 12 months apart.
The first step is to file a provisional patent application for your invention in South Africa. This is done to obtain the earliest possible date from which to claim rights to your invention.
Initial steps to protect your invention
Any information or images supplied will be protected under the attorney-client privilege with strict confidentiality, whether you decide to continue with the application or not.
We will contact you regarding a consultation. This will be done either at our offices in Pretoria or telephonic. We accommodate national and international clients.
An optional fixed cost preliminary novelty search can be conducted to find similar or identical patents.
The costs of conducting a fixed cost novelty search in respect of one patent, inclusive of all fees, official expenses and VAT is limited to approximately R 2500.
Once you decide to instruct us to proceed with the patenting process, you pay the requested deposit for the patent attorney to start working on a specification for your patent application.
The patent attorney will start writing a patent specification for the invention. This could take 2 to 5 weeks, depending on the complexity of your invention. The attorney will then return the specification to you.
Once the approval has been given, the patent attorney will submit your provisional patent application at the South African Patent Office in Pretoria.
Once the provisional patent has been submitted, additional steps has to be taken within 12 months to complete the application.
Feel free to contact us should you have questions or require assistance with any patent related matter.
PLEASE NOTE THAT PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. PRICES ARE ONLY AN INDICATION. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE FOR A FORMAL QUOTATION.
Contact Details for Smit & Van Wyk:
+27 (0) 12 349 7800
+27 (0) 86 619 0493
Physical Address / Courier
Block A Apex Corporate Park
Quintin Brand Street
Meiring Naudé Avenue
Image source: www.freedigitalphotos.net