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    Does anyone know whether there is an online way to search South African patents and obtain the full patent information?

    I want to get the information about a particular patent (I have the number).
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    I had a look at the CIPRO website (I suspect you might have too). Under step 1 of Registering a patent, it has:

    Step 1: Conduct a Search on Existing Patents


    This search can be undertaken by the applicant / inventor or by the patent attorney / agent
    This is to ensure that no existing patents are being infringed and that the invention is new/novel (S25 of Patent Act)
    Although this initial search is not essential it is advisable.
    The search is conducted in the Pretoria office of the Patents Registrar.
    This is not very encouraging for the prospects of an online search being available for CIPRO held info.

    In searching for options on Google, and after following a bit of a chain, I found this page which seemed to have the most potential.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    http://www.cipro.co.za/Home/

    Couldn't see a link to search for specific patent information, but I guess you could always contact them...

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    Dammit I hate it when you do that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RKS Computer Solutions View Post
    Dammit I hate it when you do that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hehehehe

    Anyway...this was the most useful info I found, but basically SA patents are not available online. An attorney that I contacted quoted R350 to get me a copy. I then phoned CIPRO and (after getting to someone the second time around) they told me that I can just send a written request for a copy, and they will send it to me free of charge.

    So, I'm testing that theory, I'll let you know how it works out.
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    The online revolution still has a long way to go in South Africa
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    South Africa patents can be searched here, http://www.wipo.int/patentscope/sear.../za/search.jsf

    Cipro also has a search function, but it just gives the details from the patent register, not the full patent details (as the WIPO site does): http://patentsearch.cipro.gov.za/pat...entsearch.aspx
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    Try putting in the number into Espacenet (http://gb.espacenet.com/search97cgi/...n/advanced.hts) in the following format ZAYYYYNNNNN (i.e. ZA200801177). If Espacenet locates a patent, go into the record and click FAMILY. This will show you all corresponding patents in other countries. Now if you click on a corresponding US / EU patent you should be able to view the related patent document. You can also put the ZA number in the same format as above into the IdeaNav Patent Search Tool (http://www.ideanav.co.za/searching/patent-search-tool/), which searches all main databases simultaneously.

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