Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Patent number?
A Patent number is a Patent application number given by the South African Patent Office upon lodgement



What is a Patent abstract?
A short summary of an invention



What is a Patent drawing?
A drawing showing every feature of an invention



What is a reference number?
The reference number of a Patent application given by the agents



What is a Patent type?
The Patent is either complete or provisional.



What is date of application?
The date on which the application has been lodged in the South African Patent Office



What is date of grant?
The date on which the Patent has been sealed and granted

NB: 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 an IPC classification?
The classification index of a Patent in accordance with the International Patent Classification (IPC) e.g. A23G1/00 – appears in field 51 on the Patent Register Page



What is a PCT number?
The Patent Coorportion Treaty number – the international application number, e.g. PCT/EP/03/05555



What is a Patent status?
It is the status of a Patent- whether the Patent is abandoned, accepted,advertised, application never completed, definitely lapsed ect.



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 and address


What is a applicant/patentee no?
The number is generated by Ptolemy and appears in field 71 on the Patent Register Page



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.
The Inventor number is generated by Ptolemy and appears in field 7 on the Patent Register Page



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 should be as short and specific as possible...




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