Protect your ideas

The CIPC is South Africas authority on Intellectual Property and your first place to go when creating something new unless you wish to share that idea with the world in order to cause change. 

The CIPC lists the following steps to be followed

  • what kind of right you have, and in what form the right was created
  • what, if any, material from a third party was used in the creation process, and whether permission for such use was obtained
  • when it was created
  • who created it
  • evidence of ownership - such as an application for a patent, trade mark or design
  • contracts with all parties involved in the creation of the IP that clearly identify who owns the IP
  • log books showing how the creation process was undertaken (particularly important for IP created by employees)
  • files of early drafts and prototypes that embody IP
  • copies of agreements with those on whose behalf you are distributing goods or services. These should include agreements giving distributors the right to use trade marks and marketing material. This evidence should be stored in an IP Register with a back-up copy in a separate location

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