What is intellectual property?

As a patent attorney in private practice, over 2 decades I received many calls and emails starting with the statement “I want to patent my copyright”, or “I want to register my brand as a patent”.  It became clear to me that many creative people hear the words patent,...

What is a Patent?

A patent is an exclusive right granted to an inventor or the inventor’s successor in title, referred to as the patentee, for a period of time, typically 20 years from the date of application for the patent, but subject to annual payment of a renewal fee, usually from...

How to Restore a Lapsed Patent?

In certain countries, such as South Africa, a patent which has lapsed unintentionally may be restored if there has been no undue delay in bringing the application for restoration, and it can be shown that the lapsing was unintentional, and there is a good reason to...

How to Avoid the Problem of a Patent Lapsing?

In South Africa, as well as in some other countries, it is possible to pay patent renewal fees for the lifetime of the patent in advance.  With the exception of the risk of missing the first renewal fee, if renewal fees are paid for the lifetime of a patent then the...

Who to contact if your patent has lapsed?

If you realise your patent or a patent you have acquired has lapsed, contact Hahn & Hahn for assistance with evaluating the situation and advising on the possibility of CONTACT US restoring the patent and, if possible, with preparing and bringing the restoration...