SOUTH AFRICADesign Applications

Paris Convention ✓
Locarno Classification ✓
Hague Agreement ✓

Design Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
Must be filed within 6 months of the filing date.

Drawings, photographs or other graphic representations of the article embodying the design is required upon filing.

Description of the design
Description of the design and how it is intended to be used. The application must include the article to which the design is to be applied, whether the design is functional or aesthetic, formal representations with indication of views, a statement of the features for which protection is sought and the international classification according to the Locarno Agreement.

Deed of Assignment
No set deadline.

Priority Documents
(if applicable) Must be filed within 6 months of the filing date. The number, date and country of the basic application if priority is claimed from a foreign country (Paris Convention)

Design Filing Information

Priority can be claimed 6 months from the first filing date according to the Paris Convention.

Duration and Renewal
A functional design has a duration of 10 years while an aesthetic design has a duration of 15 years, with no possible extensions. Annual renewal fees are payable from the third anniversary of the filing date. There is a 6-month grace period to pay the renewal fees.

South Africa Design Agents

Smit & van Wyk, Inc. design agents in Africa: Our services include design applications, maintenance and protection in South Africa. The patent attorneys at our firm are dedicated individuals, skilled in their fields of practice, and can provide clear advice on complex legal matters to clients from all over the world.