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“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be asked why not.”
– Pablo Picasso

What Are Patents

A patent provides the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing the patented invention for the term of the patent. A patent is a limited property right the government gives inventors in exchange for their agreement to share details of their inventions with the public. Like any other property right, it may be sold, licensed, offered as security, or transferred. A patent is usually a right granted to anyone who invents any new, useful, and non-obvious process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter. Similar rights can also apply to industrial designs and plant breeding rights.

Patentability Requirements

Firstly, in order to be patentable in South Africa an invention or new technological development needs to meet the following criteria:

It is important to note that the South African Patent Office will not examine a patent application with regard to this criteria and a patent will be granted when all of the formal requirements have been met. The patent may however subsequently be attacked in a court of law (for example, by a competitor) in terms an allegation that the patent does not meet the patentability requirements.

In South Africa
We can assist with the following aspects related to patents in South Africa: 

In the rest of Africa

We have developed relationships with local agents in most African countries. As a result, we are well placed to assist our client’s in protecting their patents in Africa.

Foreign agents can access a list of our Fees for patents in South Africa here. Local clients are welcome to Contact Us directly for an obligation free quote.