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Patent Attorneys

Our patent attorneys provide clients with a full range of legal services relating to the acquisition, enforcement and commercialisation of intellectual property rights.

These services include counsel and handling of transactions in cases involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, designs, licensing, and data security. The partners and associates in our intellectual property group also litigate these issues in courts across Africa. Adams & Adams is the largest IP firm in Africa and is ranked among the leading firms in Intellectual Property in the world.

Who may apply for a patent?
A patent application can be filed in the name of an individual, such as the inventor, or a legal entity, such as a company.

It can also be filed in the name of an assignee. An assignee is a natural person or a company who has obtained a written assignment of rights for the invention from the inventor.

There can be more than one inventor or assignee named as the applicant. Where are there joint applicants, it is advisable that they enter into a written agreement to define their rights and obligations. Without an agreement, the joint applicants have equal undivided shares in the patent.

Is my patent valid in all countries or must I apply for a patent in individual countries?
It is a common misconception that you can have a worldwide patent. In fact, you need to obtain protection in each country or territory where you require it.

This is achieved by filing a separate patent application in each country or territory of interest.

In terms of the Paris Convention, if you file a first application in South Africa, you can claim the priority of this filing date for a corresponding application filed within 12 months in another convention country.

If you are considering patent protection in several countries, you can follow the PCT application route and at the required time, file national phase applications in each desired country.

Each country or territory will then examine the application until it proceeds to grant.

Adams & Adams Patent Services

The Adams & Adams patent attorneys are all qualified attorneys and patent agents, and all have engineering or science degrees. In addition, our professional assistants are fully qualified attorneys with technical degrees and are all in the process of qualifying as patent agents.

Our highly experienced team of experts and litigators is responsible for local patent and design filing; patent and design filings from abroad; patent and design filings in Africa; patent and design litigation; and patent and design recordal and renewals. The team is also able to assist inventors with the licensing of patents.

We proudly render a full range of patent legal services in a wide variety of technical fields such as biotechnology, chemical engineering, chemistry and pharmaceuticals, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, plastics and polymer technology, computer technology and civil engineering.

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How can we help you?

We have offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban, please contact your nearest office for any legal enquiry or assistance.

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