Intellectual property (IP) is a cluster of legally recognised rights associated with innovation and creativity – the works of the mind, as opposed to physical products, land and other tangible resources. Intellectual property is divided into two categories:

• Industrial property, which includes inventions such as patents, trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source,

• Copyright, including literary and artistic works, novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works, drawings, paintings, photography and sculptures, and architectural designs. Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act No. 51 of 2008 (IPRPFRD Act), NIPMO, and IP issues in general among researchers and institutional management is recognized as being vital to enhancing compliance with the Act and increasing the disclosure, protection and commercialization of IP for the benefit of SA. CUTIS works with the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) office for all IP needs of the general public and CUT staff. This includes registration of patents, copyrights and trademarks.

We also offer financial assistance for registration purposes, with a cost model and IP share if a client requests it.