|Step 1. Conduct a patent search:
||To identify the features of your invention that may be patented. Our professional patent search package includes a worldwide patent search report, copies of relevant documents and our opinion on patentability. See our patent tools website.
|Step 2. Create a "funding" prototype:
||To enable you and others properly to evaluate your invention. Our comprehensive prototyping package includes concept sketches, 3D CAD drawings, a prototype grown in plastic, and two photorealistic posters. See our prototyping website.
|Step 3. Register a patent:
||Register a South African provisional patent to reserve your patent rights worldwide for twelve months. Within the year, file a PCT patent to extend further your reservation in most countries of the world to thirty months. Thereafter file national phase patents in countries where you require patent protection.
|Step 4. Register a design:
||To protect the shape of your product, register a South African design, followed by foreign designs in six months time.
|Step 5. Register a trademark:
||To protect the name of your product (e.g. "APPLE" computers), register a South African trademark.
|Step 6. License your IP:
||Appoint licensed distributors that pay your patent and design costs in their territories. We are specialists in intellectual property, licensing, tax and exchange controls. And, draft agreements in simple English.