Intellectual property protection in South Africa

Intellectual Property in South Africa

1. 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.

International Country Code: ZA

Time zone: UTC+2

Currency: South African rand (ZAR)

See brief information about Patent registration in South Africa (non-PCT)

See brief information about Patent registration in South Africa (PCT national phase)

See brief information about Trademark registration in South Africa

See brief information about Industrial Design registration in South Africa

2. IP Legal Base in South Africa

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

3. International organizations/agreements

Trademark Law Treaty
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
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 

4. 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

5. IP registration costs

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

The above information was verified on 14/06/2016
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with South African IP Laws.

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