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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prepare applications for intellectual property registration 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252447  Prepare applications for intellectual property registration 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Marketing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Marketing 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The purpose of the learning is to be able to prepare intellectual property registration applications for submission to the relevant registration authorities. Credited learners understand the different registration types, and can determine what is required of registration applications, collate the information required and submit the applications after obtaining approval.

The administrative competence achieved for this unit standard is generic and transferable to other fields that require strict adherence to application procedures. By ensuring competent preparation of applications, intellectual property registration application processes will be efficient and effective, and client satisfaction can be achieved.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Identifying requirements for registration of intellectual property.
  • Collating information required for intellectual property registration applications.
  • Completing intellectual property registration applications.
  • Assessing intellectual property registration applications against requirements. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credits and level assigned to this unit standard is based on the assumption that learners have already attained the following competencies:
  • Computer literacy (NQF Level 3).
  • Communication and language (NQF Level 4). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Intellectual property registration includes registration of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and design. At this level, the learner will probably be under the supervision of a legal professional (e.g. lawyer) and is required to be able to prepare applications for registration as specified/briefed by such a legal professional. Other range statements are provided with the relevant specific outcomes and assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify requirements for registration of intellectual property. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Intellectual property registration types are described in terms of each type's definition, required process, current costs, required forms, registering authority and relevant legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Types include patent, trademark, copyright and design.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Intellectual property registration types are identified as relevant for specific applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate registering authorities are identified for specific applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The scope of the registration is identified for specific applications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Scope includes the relevant country or countries for registration.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Required application form formats and fields are described for specific intellectual property registration types. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Identified requirements are confirmed with relevant persons and/or organisations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Collate information required for intellectual property registration applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All required application forms are obtained from the relevant persons. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All required information for all fields on application forms is collated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Intellectual property examples are collected in specified formats. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All information required for re-submissions is collected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Non-registerable aspects and queries are communicated to all relevant persons, and decisions are implemented as specified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Deadlines are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Complete intellectual property registration applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Application forms are completed for the correct intellectual property registration types. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All fields required on application forms are completed to specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All information required for re-submissions is included according to specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Submission of applications adheres to all registering authority and relevant legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Applications are approved by all relevant persons prior to submission. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Deadlines are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Assess intellectual property registration applications against requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All relevant parties are consulted regarding intellectual property registration application requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Parties include not only registering authorities, but also intellectual property creators/owners, and legal professionals, where relevant.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Recommendations regarding shortcomings in terms of requirements are made to all relevant persons. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Decisions regarding changes are obtained and implemented prior to application submissions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Feedback regarding applications is given to all relevant persons according to organisation procedures at specified intervals. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this unit standard.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • Intellectual property registration types: Definition, required process, current costs, required forms, registering authority and relevant legislation.
  • Scope of registration and implications.
  • Application forms, formats and fields.
  • Intellectual property registration requirements.
  • Non-registerable aspects.
  • Procedures for submission of applications. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems where responses to problems show that such critical and creative thinking has been used to make responsible decisions when recommendations regarding shortcomings in terms of requirements are made to all relevant persons. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community when identified requirements are confirmed with relevant persons and/or organisations, all required application forms are obtained from the relevant persons, applications are approved by all relevant persons prior to submission, and all relevant parties are consulted regarding intellectual property registration application requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when decisions regarding non-registerable aspects and queries are implemented as specified, deadlines are adhered to, submission of applications adheres to all registering authority and relevant legal requirements, deadlines are adhered to, and decisions regarding changes are obtained and implemented prior to application submissions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information, when intellectual property registration types are described in terms of each type's definition, required process, current costs, required forms, registering authority and relevant legislation, required application form formats and fields are described for specific intellectual property registration types, all required information for all fields on application forms is collated, all information required for re-submissions is collected, and all information required for re-submissions is included according to specification. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when intellectual property examples are collected in specified formats, non-registerable aspects and queries are communicated to all relevant persons, application forms are completed for the correct intellectual property registration types, all fields required on application forms are completed to specification, and feedback regarding applications is given to all relevant persons according to organisation procedures at specified intervals. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when intellectual property registration types are identified as relevant for specific applications, appropriate registering authorities are identified for specific applications, and the scope of the registration is identified for specific applications. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the learner is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the learner can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59387   National Certificate: Intellectual Property Administration  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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