PATENTS

A patent is a monopoly or an exclusive right granted for a specified period of time by the State to an inventor, or to another person, in exchange for a full disclosure of the invention to the public.This monopoly entitles an Applicant, within the territory of the Republic, to exclude any third party from making, using, disposing or offering to dispose of, or importing the invention for the specified period…

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TRADE MARKS

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF A TRADE MARK AND WHY SHOULD I REGISTER A TRADE MARK? You may be in the process of building a reputation of your product. If your product is a commercial success, competitors may try to imitate your product and capitalise on your goodwill and reputation. To ensure that the buying public does not confuse your goods or services with those of your competitors, registering a…

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COPYRIGHT

WHAT IS COPYRIGHT? In basic terms, Copyright is the right to prevent others from copying, or from using for commercial gain, that which belongs to you. IS THERE A STATUTE GOVERNING COPYRIGHT? Yes, the Copyright Act 98 of 1978. WHAT IS PROTECTED IN TERMS OF THE Copyright Act, 1978? Copyright can be described as the statutory right which vests in the creator of an original work, recognised by the…

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DESIGNS

Matters relating to registered designs in South Africa are governed by the Designs Act 195 of 1993.A registered design is generally used to protect the physical appearance of an article and is normally judged solely by the eye. This may be contrasted with a patent which protects functional aspects of an invention or methods or principles of construction. However, in the case of a functional design, the design…

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