South Africa

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  • Time Zone:

    UTC/GMT +02:00
  • Currency:

    South African rand (ZAR)

Intellectual property protection in South Africa

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South Africa general info

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. It has 2,798 kilometres of coastline that stretches along the South Atlantic and Indian oceans. South Africa borders with Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe to the North; with Mozambique and Swaziland to the East and with Lesotho surrounded by South African territory.


IP Legal Base in South Africa

Patents Act
Designs Act
Trademarks Act
Copyright Act
Plant Breeder's Rights Act


International organizations/agreements

Patent Cooperation Treaty
Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Micro-organisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure
Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works 


Patent Office Contact Details

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission
The dti Campus, Entfutfukweni, Block F
77 Meintjies Street
Phone: 086 100 2472
Fax: 086 517 7224 / 012 394 0448


IP registration costs

Fees associated with registration of IP rights in South Africa are available in the fee calculator


Brief summary is based on the information provided by SIBANDA & ZANTWIJK ATTORNEYS on 28.02.2024
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with South African IP Laws