Does anyone have a referral for a great patent attorney who has experience with international patents? They should preferably have an office in Johannesburg/Pretoria.
I used Adams & Adams (Cape Town) a few years ago for a temporary patent and a PCT. They were not the cheapest by a long shot but they were efficient.
duncan drennan (26-Aug-10)
You might want to look into Spoor and Fisher. I hear they are really top notch. Haven't actually used them yet though.
Have you weighed up carefully if it will be worth going beyond a provisional patent with your invention? With hindsight I think there was no advantage to obtaining patents. I think one big question is can you afford to defend your property in court if it comes down to theft by a foreign producer? Nine times out of ten, unless you're packaging a novel product to make it enticing to a large established producer for wholemeal sale your patent may not be worth the cost.
I really would carefully consider if there will be real value in patenting but I wish you all the best whatever you decide.
duncan drennan (27-Aug-10)
Defending a patent...that is always a big issue. No funds to do that and you might as well not waste your time...