Information About

Intellectual Property

If seeking an intellectual property protection of a product or services is vital to you or your business, then think about where and how to obtain the necessary protection(s). The following are a few of the resources available.


African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) : Intellectual Property Rights Project (IPR)

African Intellectual Property Organization : A bilingual ( French and English) website for Intellectual Property protection in Africa

African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) : The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), formerly African Regional Industrial Property Organization, is an intergovernmental international organization established to enable cooperation between African states in patent and other industrial property matters. It has the capacity to hear applications for patents and registered trademarks in its member states who are parties to the Harare (patents) and Banjul (marks) protocols.

European Patent Office (EPO) : An international patent-granting authority headquartered in Munich, Germany. The EPO is self-financing and has a large degree of administrative autonomy.

Genetic Inventions : Provide insights into licensing inventions.

IP Australia : IP Australia grants patents, registers designs and trade marks. It also receives and processes applications, conducts hearings and decides on disputed matters relating to the granting or denial of Australian IP rights. Customers are individuals and businesses in Australia and overseas.

Japanese Patent Office (JPO) : Offers the information in Japanese or English. Provides an overview of the Office and a FAQ section. Includes a definition of patents and a history of industrial property rights in Japan. Offers access to the guidelines and procedures for application.

OECD Intellectual Property Rights : Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD) explores the role of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in stimulating the diffusion of knowledge and fostering innovation. It studies the economic impact of IP regimes in high-tech industries and in public research; assesses policies and institutional practices for IP management and exploitation; and develops indicators to assess the effectiveness of technology transfer.

South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) : The South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) was established in 1954 and represents over 140 patent attorneys, patent agents, trade mark practitioners and academics in South Africa who specialise in the field of Intellectual Property Law.

The UK Patent Office : Information include Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks and other intellectual property rights protection.

United States Copyright Office : General information, legislation, publications, press releases, link to WIPO and more.

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) : The Office is responsible for securing inventors the exclusive rights to their respective discoveries for a limited time. Includes filing requirements, trademark and patent laws, information on intellectual property, and related forms.

Women and Intellectual Property : Information which may be of special interest to women

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) : Worldwide protection of intellectual property.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)-Patents Search : Patent Search. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the use and protection of works of the human spirit. These works -- intellectual property -- are expanding the bounds of science and technology and enriching the world of the arts. Through its work, WIPO plays an important role in enhancing the quality and enjoyment of life, as well as creating real wealth for nations