Intellectual Property


Companies and Intellectual Property Commission Intellectual Property Online

The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission undertakes the registration of companies, cooperatives and intellectual property in South Africa. The portal allows for basic searches (free and commercial) across patents, designs, copyrights and trademarks.

European Patent Office

European Patent Office

The European Patent Office’s statistics portal provides basic statistics on patent applications and granted patents by country, technology area and year for submitted patents.  Espacenet offers free access to information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to date.  PATSTAT is a patent intelligence tool that allows one to perform sophisticated statistical analyses of bibliographical and legal status patent data.


United States Patent and Trademark Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is the federal agency for granting United States patents and registering trademarks. The portal allows searches to be conducted on granted patents and patent applications.


World Intellectual Property Organisation

The World Intellectual Property Organisation is a global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation.  The PATENTSCOPE database provides access to international Patent Cooperation Treaty applications in full text format on the day of publication, as well as to patent documents of participating national and regional patent offices.  Downloadable international intellectual property data is available via the Statistics Data Centre.