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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 31 months from the priority date)
  • ARIPO:  No
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Specification, abstract and drawings if non-PCT, in any language (required on day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, simply signed (can be filed within 6 months)
  • Statement on the Use of Indigenous Biological Resources, Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge or Use, simply signed (can be filed within 6 months)
  • Assignment of Invention, simply signed (only if an article 4.17 declaration was not filed during the international phase)
  • English translation of specification, claims and abstract (only if the application not originally in English), including any Article 19 or 34 amendments (can be filed within 3 months)
  • Certified priority document (only if not lodged in the international phase)

Novelty:    Absolute novelty is required

Patentability:      Methods of medical treatment, surgery or diagnosis are not patentable

Excess Fees:     None

Examination:    None

Term of Patent:     20 years from the effective filing date

Renewals:     Payable annually in advance from the third anniversary of the effective filing date, but only after grant of the patent

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 1 220 000 km2
  • Population: 50 million
  • Capital: Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative)
  • Currency: Rand = 100 cents
  • GDP:  $ 527.5 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .za
  • Languages: 11 official languages: English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, North Sotho, Sesotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
  • Exports: Gold; other minerals and metals; foods; chemicals; manufactured goods
  • Imports:  Machinery; transport equipment; chemicals; textiles; scientific instruments; petroleum products

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Berne Convention
  • Budapest Treaty
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • UPOV Convention for New Varieties of Plants
  • WIPO Convention
  • WTO/TRIPS
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