|What is the title of an invention?
The title of ivention for a patent is should appear as the
heading on the first page of the specification. Although a title may have up to
500 characters, the title must be as short and specific as possible...
|What is an IPC classification?
The technical content of patent documents is classified according to
the International Patent Classification (IPC).
|What is an PCT classification?
PCT makes it possible to seek patent protection for an invention
simultaneously in each of a large number of designated countries by filing one
single international patent application.
|What is an agent?
An agent is an external CIPC customer formally registered as an employee of a
registered patent or trade mark attorney firm.
Agent No – the number is generated by Ptolemy and appears in
field 74 on the Patent Register Page together with the agent name
|What is a patent number?
number is a patent application number given by the South African
Patent Office upon
|What is a reference number?
reference number of a patent application given by the
|What is an applicant/patentee?
An applicant/patentee is the inventor to whom a patent is issued
|What is an inventor?
The Inventor is the name of the persons who is registered on the
patent application as the inventor. The Inventor can contain a list of names of
persons. The Inventor can also be the Applicant.
|What is a patent status?
It is the status of a patent- whether the patent is abandoned,
accepted,advertised, application never completed, definetely lapsed ect
What is a Patent type?
The patent is either complete or provitional.
What is a denomination?
A trade mark comes in a number of formats, that is verbal marks/word
marks, figurative marks, and a combination of both verbal and figurative marks,
Example: A Verbal mark – Nike
A slogan mark for Nike – Just do it !
A figurative mark – the Famous Coca ~ Cola bottle.
|What is nice classes?
Trademarks are grouped in two categories, that is, classes for goods
and those of services. There are 34 classes of goods and 11 classes for
services. These classes are prescribed by the NICE classification. E.g.;
Clothing, footwear and headgear are classified under class 25, Computer
software is class 9.
|What is conflicting classes?
trademarks belong to different classes there are classes that
overlap with each other. An example is Class 25 and Class 9. Class
25 if for clothing but protective clothing is covered under Class
|Denomination /figurative marks/word marks
A trade mark comes in a number of formats, that is verbal marks/word marks,
figurative marks, and a combination of both verbal and figurative marks, slogan
Example: A Verbal mark – Nike
A figurative mark – the Famous Coca~Cola bottle
What is the figurative question?
This comes about when one is conducting a search on Acsepto. For
someone to be able to conduct this search one needs to use the Vienna
Classification which has prescribed codes, these codes help in compiling the
figurative question so as to get results reflecting all the similar marks to
the one being searched for in the database.
to download a list of figurative codes.
|What is filling date?
This is the date on which an application is formally lodged with the
An example: If
one lodges an application on the 1st of October 2004 this
then becomes the date of
|What is date of application?
on which the application has been lodged in the South African Patent
|What is date of grant?
The date on
which the patent has been sealed and granted
In terms of section 42(b) of the Patent Act 1978, a patent shall be deemed to have been sealed and granted as
from the date of publication. of the acceptance in the Patent Journal
|What is a priority date?
An applicant has priority rights if he has already applied in a Convention
country. South African citizens applying in
do not have these rights unless he/she is applying to another Convention
country. An example: If one applies in the USA for a mark on the 20th
of June 2004 and in SA on the 15th of Nov 2004 the applicant will
have rights dating back to the 20th of June 2004 in SA, this means
that a similar application lodged in SA in August by a different proprietor
will be refused against the one lodged in November.
|What is a cut off date?
Cut off date of the search.
|What is a search template?
it is either normal, restricted, or wider.
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