Intellectual Property

South Africa


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What is Patented?

There are several categories of Intellectual Property in South Africa. The overall concept of Intellectual Property relates to ideas and creations of the mind. Your ideas and creations can take the form of an invention, design, mark, song, photograph or poem, and you should protect them from being exploited by others. The type of protection you are entitled to depends on the type of intellectual property you have. An invention or idea should be patented, a company logo is protected by registering a trademark and a photograph is protected by copyright. Inventions may be patented as long as the application satisfies certain requirements. In South Africa a patent may be granted for an invention that proves new and can be used in trade, industry or agriculture.

Patent Duration

South African – patent is valid for 20 years provided that it is renewed annually before the expiration of the 3rd year from the date of filing in South Africa.

United States – patent is valid for 20 years from the filing date of the earliest U.S. or international (PCT) application to which priority is claimed. Renewal fees are paid annually.

China – patent is valid for 20 years from the filing date.

Japan – patent is valid for 20 years from the Japanese filing date (for a PCT case, from the international filing date).

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What We Can Do For You

South Africa

South Africa

We assist with the filing, prosecution and enforcement of your patent, design, trade mark and plant breeders’ rights in South Africa. Copyright dispute resolution and litigation. Franchise agreements and negotiation. Company registrations. Domain name registration and protection.

Patents in Africa, Trademarks in Africa

File in Africa

Foreign clients who wish to file patent, design and trade mark applications in South Africa and across Africa (including OAPI and ARIPO). Our firm acts as a patent agent as well as a trade mark agent for foreign clients who wish to protect their Intellectual Property in Africa.

World, International Protection

International Protection

Local clients who wish to file and protect patent , design and trade mark applications internationally. Our services include the search, filing and renewal of patents and trade marks in foreign markets such as Australia, China, the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, etc.

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