I have a novel business idea. I want to ask around as...

I have a novel business idea. I want to ask around as to how best to implement the idea but am worried about the idea being stolen and used – is it possible to patent an idea?

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A South African patent may be granted for an invention that is:

  1. New
  2. Inventive
  3. Useful

You cannot register a patent for: anything which consists of a discovery; a scientific theory; a mathematical method; a literary; dramatic, musical or artistic work; or any aesthetic creation; a scheme, rule, or method for performing a mental act; playing a game, or doing business; a program for a computer; or the presentation of information. You’ll find information on registering a patent here.

For more information on intellectual property, visit the website of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission.

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