Considering the Value of Patents in African Countries


The following is a guest post from South African patent attorney Ralph van Niekerk of Von Seidels

Like all IP rights, patents are territorial and if you want to stop a competitor from practicing an invention in a particular country, you need to have a patent there.

Given the global world we live in, successful inventions tend to be adopted widely and used in many countries. This is a fortunate position for patent holders, who can often protect their competitive global position by filing patents in only a few key countries in which patent rights are respected and enforceable.  If a competitor is not able to practice the invention in those markets, the feasibility of doing so in the rest of the world is limited.

For many patent holders, protecting their inventions internationally does not…

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