How do I know my invention is original and not known elsewhere in the world?

A search on the patent databases available on the internet could be done either by you or by a patent attorney. To be new, the invention must be not known or used anywhere in the world. A patent is only protected where it is filed, e.g. in the country in which it was registered. However, international agreements allow protection in more than one country, e.g. the European Convention. If you wish to apply for a patent in a foreign country, the Paris convention, of which SA is a member, allows an applicant to claim priority on the ground of the first patent application for the same invention, if the subsequent application in the foreign country was filed within12 months after the application date of the first one. If you file abroad - the Patent attorney or an International Search Office should do a search.

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