South African Patent
No documents need to be commissioned, notarized or legalised.
No original documents need to be couriered to us.
Filing prepared by South African patent attorney:
PCT patents can be extended to South Africa within 34 months of the priority date (i.e. 31 months + 3 months "no cost" extension).
We will email you a filing receipt and application number within a couple of days of filing.
South African patent law permits:
South African patent applications must be filed in English.
The South African national phase patent application (as filed) must mirror the PCT application on file at WIPO. Changes to the applicant details / patent claims may only be made after filing.
Amendments to the claims before grant may increase the scope of the claims. However, amendments made after grant may not increase the scope of the claims.
South African patents must be renewed annually from the third anniversary of the PCT filing date. Renewals cost US$60-75 per year, and are processed by the PayAnnuity patent renewal system.
Our South African agent is S&Z Patent and Trademark Attorneys:
S&Z was formed in 2007 and specializes in: patent, trademark and design registrations; intellectual property commercialisation; taxation of intellectual property transactions; and intellectual property valuation. The firm's clients include Anglo American Corporation (Mining), Sasol (Oil), University of the Witwatersrand, South African Revenue Service. S&Z has filed more than 3,000 patents, 1,600 design registrations and 850 trademarks.