SOUTH AFRICA

Patents  •  Designs  •  Trade Marks
South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent. South Africa has the 2nd largest economy in Africa (after Nigeria) and is one of most industrialised countries on the continent. South Africa is an upper-middle-income economy rated by the World Bank. South Africa has a strong banking sector and is the only African member of the G-20 group.

Trade Marks

Nice Classification ✓
Madrid System ✘
Multi-class Applications ✘
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Registration Timetable:
From Filing to Registration, 2 – 3 Years.

Duration and Renewal:
10 years with optional 10-year renewal periods.

South Africa is a First to Use country.
(whomever first USES the mark gets the rights)

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Patents

Paris Convention ✓
PCT ✓
Examination ✘
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Registration Timetable:
Complete Patent, 12 – 18 Months.

Duration and Renewal:
20 years with annual renewal fees from the 3rd anniversary of the effective date.
No possible extensions.

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Designs

Paris Convention ✓
Locarno Classification ✓
Hague Agreement ✓
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Registration Timetable:
Registered Design, 12 – 18 Months.

Duration and Renewal:
Functional design has a duration of 10 years, and an Aesthetic design has a duration of 15 years. Both have annual renewal fees from the 3rd anniversary of the effective date. No possible extensions.

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Copyright

Copyright does NOT have to be registered in South Africa.

Copyright Duration:
Literary, Musical or Artistic Works – the life of the author plus 50 years following death.
Films and Photographs – 50 years from the end of the year in which the work is made publicly available.
Sound Recordings – 50 years from the end of the year in which the recording is first published.
Broadcasts – 50 years from the end of the year in which the broadcast first takes place.
Programme-carrying Signals – 50 years from the end of the year in which the signals are emitted to a satellite.
Published Editions – 50 years from the end of the year in which the edition is published.

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Economy

South Africa’s key economic sectors:
Mining, agriculture and fisheries, vehicle manufacturing and assembly, food processing, clothing and textiles, tourism, energy, transportation, telecommunication, real estate, financial and business services and wholesale and retail trade. South Africa is one of the world’s leading mining and mineral-processing countries.

South Africa is one of world’s largest producers of:
Chicory roots, grapefruit, cereals, green maize and maize, castor oil seed, pears, sisal, fibre crops.

Main Export Partners (2016):
China, United States, Germany, Botswana, Namibia.

Main Import Partners (2016):
China, Germany, United States, India, Saudi Arabia, Japan.