How can I get protection of my invention?

There are three ways in which inventions can be protected. However, it should be noted that this is a fairly specialised field. When lodging a complete specification (see par. b below) for the registration of a patent, the assistance of a patent attorney will definitely be required.
a.Complete the prescribed forms for the provisional patent application. This will give you protection for 12 months.
b.Complete the forms to complete specification, attaching drawings where applicable. This will give you protection for 20 years, subject to payment of renewal fees.
c.Apply for an international patent protection designating South Africa and any other member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in terms of the PCT system.

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