Patent

There are various types of patents: (i) provisional patent; (ii) PCT / international patent; and (iii) complete / national phase patent. We can assist with each type of patent.

To protect your invention, start by filing a South African provisional patent. This reserves your right to file patents worldwide for 12 months. Although this type of patent does not protect you from copycats – only a granted complete patent does this – it does allow you freely to tell people about your idea. After filing a provisional patent, you need not keep your invention secret. The “all-in” cost to prepare and file a South African provisional patent is R6,950 plus vat, and the process typically takes about 2 weeks.

Use this 1-year period wisely. Obtain market feedback and develop your product further. Any improvements / additions you create during this 1-year period can be incorporated into your subsequently filed complete patent.

 

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In 12 months time, you will need to decide whether to secure patent rights in:

  • South Africa only, in which case, you should file a South African complete patent within 12-15 months of filing your provisional patent. The cost of filing a South African complete patent is R8,950 plus vat, and the process typically takes about 2 weeks; or
  • South Africa and various foreign countries, in which case, you should file a PCT / international patent within 12 months of filing your provisional patent. A PCT patent can be filed for around R28,000. To save costs, it is best to start the process 2 weeks before the deadline.

If you file a PCT patent, the next step is to file national phase patents in countries where you wish to secure patent rights within 30 months of filing your South African provisional patent. See our cost table for estimated patent filing, prosecution and grant costs for the more popular countries.

Read further: Intro to Patents; Understanding Patents.

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