Patents

Enforceability of patent rights in African and Caribbean countries through to difficulties in conducting patent searches - these are some of the concerns and challenges that patentees face when looking to protect their inventions across such vast regions with numerous laws and practices.

Our team of registered patent attorneys and professionals handles not only the drafting and analysis of patent and utility model specifications but also the filing, prosecution and renewal of applications across Africa and the Caribbean. We also work with local South African-based patent owners to assist with their patent portfolios in other countries.

Clients rely on our multi-disciplinary expertise and experience to handle their patent matters across all technical disciplines.

We have six main patent teams including biotechnology and life scienceschemistry, chemical engineering and pharmaceuticalselectrical, electronics and software engineeringmechanical, civil and mining engineeringpatent agency filings and patent enforcement.

Our specialists also form part of our multi-disciplinary teams covering various industry sectors including clean technology, gas, oil and energyfood beverage and fmcghealthcare, therapeutics and medical technologiesmining and resources, and nanotechnology

Important considerations when filing patents in Africa

  • Sufficient lead-in time is essential to protect inventions across Africa - the prosecution timeframe in each country depends on the type of system, whether examination is involved, resources at each registry and their capacity to handle volumes
  • Determine which countries are members of the PCT and Paris Union; which countries recognise Convention priority claims; patentability requirements of each country; and which countries may be designated in one of the two regional organisations (ARIPO and OAPI)
  • Find out which African countries allow voluntary amendments and if it is possible to amend after grant

contact us for further information.