Skip to content

South Africa Scores a First for Intellectual Property (IP)

SA is usually criticized for not bringing its copyright laws into the digital age. In a new ruling,  SA’s patent office granted a patent in July 2021 to an invention created by an AI system. The invention that received the go-ahead is for a system of interlocking food containers with a fractal geometry-based design that improves grip and heat transfer. This makes them easily graspable and stackable by robots. While SA’s patent award is certainly trailblazing, it has received considerable backlash from international intellectual property experts who have been traditionally hostile to “artificially intelligent” inventors.

Posted in


Leave a Comment

Become a member

Join the Ecommerce Forum South Africa and benefit from industry insights in South Africa and Africa.

Sign up to newsletter

Sign up to our newsletter and stay informed of the progress we are making at the Ecommerce Forum South Africa with government during Coronavirus.