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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Propose tactics for protecting intellectual property 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252443  Propose tactics for protecting intellectual property 
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  15 
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 propose a plan of action for the protection of intellectual property. Credited learners can interpret specifications that describe client needs, and develop appropriate strategies and tactics for converting ideas into assets.

The competence required to interpret specifications is transferable and learners can apply this in many customer service contexts. By protecting intellectual property and/or creators, learners can ensure that the potential of benefiting from intellectual property is realised.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Determining intellectual property protection needs.
  • Identifying requirements to protect intellectual property and creators.
  • Identifying ideas that comprise intellectual property rights.
  • Determining.
  • Facilitating conversion of ideas into intellectual property assets.
  • Presenting proposed tactics that fulfil specifications. 

  • 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:
  • Communication and language (NQF Level 4). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are provided with specific outcomes and assessment criteria where relevant. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Determine intellectual property protection needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Specifications (brief) are interpreted within own area/parameters of responsibility and agreed parameters of service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Needs are recorded relating to protection of intellectual property according to organisation procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Accuracy of recorded needs is verified with clients. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Recorded needs are adapted according to client and organisation requirements where required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Nature of intellectual property involved in specifications is described according to verified client requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Potential pre-registration or pre-contract protection requirements of intellectual property and the exact nature of required pre-registration or pre-contract protection are determined according to relevant national legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Pre-registration or pre-contract protection requirements can include non-disclosure, exclusivity (not competitors), confidentiality, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The exact nature of required pre-registration or pre-contract protection is verified with clients. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The exact nature of required pre-registration or pre-contract protection is recorded according to specified organisation requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify requirements to protect intellectual property and creators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Potential protection requirements of intellectual property and/or creators in terms of either registration or contract or both are identified according to relevant national legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The exact nature of required registration or contract protection is determined according to relevant national legislation and given specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The exact nature of required registration or contract protection is verified with clients. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The exact nature of required registration or contract protection is recorded according to specified organisation requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify ideas that comprise intellectual property rights. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Intellectual property as circumscribed in specifications is analysed according to organisation procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ideas that potentially comprise intellectual property rights but which are still unidentified in specifications are determined according to relevant national legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Additional ideas that comprise intellectual property rights emanating from specifications are described within the parameters of such specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Additional ideas that comprise intellectual property rights are submitted to clients for approval to be included in specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Specifications are adapted to include agreed additional intellectual property rights according to organisation requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Determine potential of benefiting from intellectual property. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Potential applications of intellectual property are determined within agreed specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Marketability of and/or benefit from potential applications of intellectual property is determined according to relevant national legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Potential benefits to be gained from intellectual property are determined within agreed specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Potential benefits to be gained from intellectual property are recorded according to organisation procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Potential benefits to be gained from intellectual property are communicated to clients before registration and in terms that are meaningful to clients. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Facilitate conversion of ideas into intellectual property assets. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Strategies to realise ideas as assets are determined in consultation with clients, and within scope of competence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All client questions relating to benefits from intellectual property are answered within scope of competence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Client questions relating to benefits from intellectual property not answered are referred according to organisation procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Proposals to convert ideas into assets are recorded fully and are accessible for future reference. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Recorded proposals to convert ideas into assets are handed to clients in user-friendly formats. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Present proposed tactics that fulfil specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Potential tactics meet requirements of all relevant national legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tactics to protect intellectual property are within agreed specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tactics are recorded according to organisation and client requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tactics are proposed according to organisation procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Agreement of all relevant parties regarding proposed tactics is obtained. 


    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 and creators protection.
  • Nature of intellectual property.
  • Pre-registration or pre-contract protection requirements.
  • Registration or contract protection.
  • Ideas that comprise intellectual property rights.
  • Relevant national legislation.
  • Potential applications of intellectual property, marketability and benefits.
  • Strategies to realise ideas as assets.
  • Tactics to protect intellectual property. 

  • 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 the nature of intellectual property involved in specifications is described according to verified client requirements, potential pre-registration or pre-contract protection requirements of intellectual property and the exact nature of required pre-registration or pre-contract protection are determined according to relevant national legislation, potential protection requirements of intellectual property and/or creators in terms of either registration or contract or both are identified according to relevant national legislation, the exact nature of required registration or contract protection is determined according to relevant national legislation and given specifications, additional ideas that comprise intellectual property rights emanating from specifications are described within the parameters of such specifications, potential applications of intellectual property are determined within agreed specifications, marketability of and/or benefit from potential applications of intellectual property is determined according to relevant national legislation, and strategies to realise ideas as assets are determined in consultation with clients, and within scope of competence. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community when specifications (brief) are interpreted within agreed parameters of service, accuracy of recorded needs is verified with clients, the exact nature of required pre-registration or pre-contract protection and registration or contract protection is verified with clients, additional ideas that comprise intellectual property rights are submitted to clients for approval to be included in specifications, agreement of all relevant parties regarding proposed tactics is obtained, and client questions relating to benefits from intellectual property not answered are referred according to organisation procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when specifications (brief) are interpreted within own area/parameters of responsibility, needs are recorded relating to protection of intellectual property according to organisation procedures, all client questions relating to benefits from intellectual property are answered within scope of competence, and potential tactics meet requirements of all relevant national legislation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when intellectual property as circumscribed in specifications is analysed according to organisation procedures, and ideas that potentially comprise intellectual property rights but which are still unidentified in specifications are determined according to relevant national legislation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when the exact nature of required pre-registration or pre-contract protection and registration or contract protection is recorded according to specified organisation requirements, potential benefits to be gained from intellectual property are communicated to clients before registration and in terms that are meaningful to clients, proposals to convert ideas into assets are recorded fully and are accessible for future reference, recorded proposals to convert ideas into assets are handed to clients in user-friendly formats, and tactics are recorded according to organisation and client requirements. 

    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 recorded needs are adapted according to client and organisation requirements where required, specifications are adapted to include agreed additional intellectual property rights, and tactics to protect intellectual property are within agreed specifications. 

    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 
    Core  73129   National Diploma: Public Relations Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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