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Trade Mark Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Madrid Agreement:      No
  • Paris Union:                Yes

Types of Trade Marks:

  • Goods and services
  • Collective marks
  • Certification marks
  • No provision for defensive marks or series marks

Classification:

The International Classification of Goods and Services (Nice Classification) is applied.

Filing Requirements:

  • Particulars of Applicant (name, address and nationality)
  • Simply signed Power of Attorney
  • Representation of the mark
  • List of goods and / or services
  • Certified copy of the priority document

Duration: The trade mark is registered 10 years from the filing date

Renewal: Renewable every 10 years

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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