I have a great idea but I don’t want anyone to steal it. How do I register a patent?
A patent is a right granted to an inventor, for a 20 year period, to prevent any others from using, making, exercising, selling, offering for sale and importing the invention. To obtain a valid patent the invention is required to be new, inventive and industrially applicable.
A patent specification is drafted outlining the broadest possible description of the invention and is filed along with the necessary forms and prescribed fees at the South African Patents Office, the filing date being the date of priority.
The priority period lasts for 12 months from the priority date within which the applicant can seek enforceable protection in South Africa or in various foreign territories, claiming priority from the first filed application.
You will find more information about registering a patent here.