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The original creators of works protected by Copyright and their heirs have certain basic rights. They hold the exclusive right to use or authorize others to use their work on agreed terms. The creator of a work can prohibit or authorize: its reproduction in various forms, such as printed publication or sound recording; its public performance, as in a play or musical work; recordings of it , for example, in the form of compact discs, cassettes or videotapes; its broadcasting, by radio, cable or satellite; its translation into other languages, or its adaptation, such as a novel into a screenplay. copyrights claim protect

The author or owner of the work should make a copyright deposit, whether the work is artistic, literary, design, website, project or concept. A copyright deposit and registration is the only way an original work can be protected in a way that provides the author with the full range of advantages and benefits related to his creativity. There many great reasons to protect a creative work by depositing and registering a work for copyright protection: The deposit process is easy

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By obtaining rights, the inventor or author has an enforceable right to deal exclusively with the idea and have ownership. There are organisations and patent and trademark attorneys that can help you safeguard your idea. Step one: Register the business Set up a business entity by registering the business as a Close Corporation or a Private Company and get all of the necessary licenses and tax registrations that are required by the South African Revenue Services (SARS). Step two: Trademark, Patent and Copyright It is important to know the difference between a trademark, patent and copyright in order to follow the correct procedures to safeguard the idea.

What is aTrademark

A trademark is a type of intellectual property, and is typically a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, or a combination of these elements. The owner of a registered trademark can take legal action for trademark infringement to prevent unauthorised use of that trademark.

What is a Patent?

A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by the government to an inventor for a limited period in exchange for a public disclosure of an invention.

What is Copyright?

Copyright is the legal protection against copying and the specific rights allowing copying given to original works that are printed or photographically or electronically stored words, music, visual arts, and performing arts. The purpose of copyright is not just to protect the rights, but also to establish the rules under which copies or portions may be made to make a work more widely available.

How to register a trademark

Trademark registrations provide wide-ranging protection and remedies against infringement.

How to register a patent

Once you have established that the patent hasn’t been registered you can file a provisional patent application through Cipro (www.cipro.gov.za). The reason that you register a provisional patent application is to provide time to evaluate the invention publically. This means that if a similar or the same patent is registered, but was missed during the search, there would be a 12-month period for this problem to show up. Applications for Provisional Patent Application costs approximately R60.Once the provisional patent application has expired, a patent application must be completed. Complete patents must be signed and filed by a patent attorney. The complete patent filing in South Africa can cost between R7 000 and R10 000 or more, including official fees. The renewal fee, payable annually from the 3rd year onwards, is on a sliding scale from R130 to R206 for official fees and R725 for a patent attorney’s fee. To register a patent you have to conduct a search Before you can register a patent you have to conduct a patent search. In South Africa, a patent search can only be done at Cipro in Pretoria. Researchers and inventors can do searches at Cipro’s Paper Based Disclosure Centre. South African patents are not available online. Most patent attorneys in South Africa use USAPTO to conduct their searches. This site offers a good indication of whether or not an invention has been patented because the ‘novelty requirement’ is truly tested in such a large market place. Most patent applications will be granted by Cipro because it does not check to establish that an invention is unique. That is why a Provisional Application for Patent is so important. Other search options There is an Electronic Patent Journal (EPJ) where South African patent information is available. It is currently being developed for availability via the Internet, but at present can only be accessed through the offices of the patent attorneys, Hahn & Hahn and Spoor & Fisher. The database is available on CD or hard disk at a cost of R55 000 for the basic set and R12 370 per annum for the update. There is also an option for ‘pay-as-you-use’ searches. An hourly fee is charged. International Patent Searches Patent searches in other industrialised countries are available on-line in specialist databases. Seek legal advice It is best to see legal advice o help you register a trademark or patent as these are complex procedures. Step three: Pitching your idea without it being stolen A Non-disclosure Agreement is a legal contract that allows a company to share its intellectual property (IP) with others, whose input it needs, without unduly jeopardising that information. A non-disclosure agreement or confidentiality agreement is used when you have an unpatented idea that you need to show to a third party. Non-disclosure agreements are the cheapest form of protection for an invention you can use, but they are not a substitute for a patent application. The purpose of a NDA Entrepreneurs are often in a tricky situation when presenting their business plans and intellectual property (IP) to potential investors. The purpose of a confidentiality agreement is it to protect the idea so the entrepreneur can patent it later so the agreement should be catered towards that. Typical things to include in the confidentiality agreement would be the duration – in other words when it expires – also spell out what a breach of the agreement would be and then what the consequences are and don’t forget to define the parties carefully. Confidentiality agreements, or non-disclosure documents as they are also known, protect sensitive technical or commercial information from disclosure to others. If after a non-disclosure agreement has been signed, the information is revealed to another individual or company, the injured party has cause to claim a breach of contract. The type of information that can be included is virtually unlimited – data, know-how, prototypes, engineering drawings, computer software, test results, tools, systems, and specifications.

Terms and conditions

Terms and Conditions

Version 1.2, april 2018.

These terms and conditions outline the rules and regulations for the use of IdeaPosit‘s domains and websites.

IdeaPosit is located at: Gravin Juliana van Stolberglaan 31 - G345, 2263AB Leidschendam, The Netherlands

By accessing this website we assume you accept these terms and conditions. Do not continue to use IdeaPosit‘s website if you do not agree to take all of the terms and conditions stated on this page.

The following terminology applies to these Terms and Conditions, Privacy Statement and Disclaimer Notice and all Agreemgents: “Client”, “You” and “Your” refers to you, the person log on this website and compliant to the Company’s terms and conditions. “The Company”, “Ourselves”, “We”, “Our” and “Us”, refers to our Company. “Party”, “Parties”, or “Us”, refers to both the Client and ourselves. All terms refer to the offer, acceptance and consideration of payment necessary to undertake the process of our assistance to the Client in the most appropriate manner for the express purpose of meeting the Client’s needs in respect of provision of the Company’s stated services, in accordance with and subject to, prevailing law of Netherlands. Any use of the above terminology or other words in the singular, plural, capitalization and/or he/she or they, are taken as interchangeable and therefore as referring to same.

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Most interactive websites use cookies to let us retrieve the user’s details for each visit. Cookies are used by our website to enable the functionality of certain areas to make it easier for people visiting our website. Some of our affiliate/advertising partners may also use cookies.

License

Unless otherwise stated, IdeaPosit and/or its licensors own the intellectual property rights for all material on IdeaPosit. All intellectual property rights are reserved. You may access this website for your own personal use subjected to restrictions set in these terms and conditions. This Agreement shall begin on the date hereof.

Content Liability

We shall not be hold responsible for any content that appears on our Website or thrue our service. You agree to protect and defend us against all claims that will rise from using our website and/or service. 

Disclaimer

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, we exclude all representations, warranties and conditions relating to our website and the use of this website. Nothing in this disclaimer will:

  • limit or exclude our or your liability for death or personal injury;
  • limit or exclude our or your liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;
  • limit any of our or your liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law; or
  • exclude any of our or your liabilities that may not be excluded under applicable law.

The limitations and prohibitions of liability set in this Section and elsewhere in this disclaimer: (a) are subject to the preceding paragraph; and (b) govern all liabilities arising under the disclaimer, including liabilities arising in contract, in tort and for breach of statutory duty.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage of any nature.

If you require any more information or have any questions about our site’s disclaimer, please feel free to contact us by email at contact@ideaposit.com.

Disclaimers for IdeaPosit

All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. IdeaPosit does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this website (the IdeaPosit domains and websites), is strictly at your own risk. IdeaPosit will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with the use of our website and/or service(s).

From our website, you can visit other websites by following hyperlinks to such external sites. While we strive to provide only quality links to useful and ethical websites, we have no control over the content and nature of these sites. These links to other websites do not imply a recommendation for all the content found on these sites. Site owners and content may change without notice and may occur before we have the opportunity to remove a link which may have gone ‘bad’.

All references to laws, law enforcement and applicable laws is purely informative and should never be considered aclutal, complete or definitive. 

Please be also aware that when you leave our website, other sites may have different privacy policies and terms which are beyond our control. Please be sure to check the Privacy Policies of these sites as well as their “Terms of Service” before engaging in any business or uploading any information.

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