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South African Trademark

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How to file a South African trademark:

  1. Register or login
  2. Complete the online application form
  3. Download, sign, scan and upload forms
  4. Pay US$199 filing fee

No documents need to be commissioned, notarized or legalised.

No original documents need to be couriered to us.

Costs:

  • Filing: US$199
  • Providing opinion to office action (if any): US$70
  • Responding to office action (if any): from US$70
  • Publication of acceptance: US$70
  • Courier registration certificate (optional): US$110

Filing receipt and number:

We will email you a filing receipt and application number within a couple of days of filing.

Prosecution:

The South African trademark examiner may issue an office action within 9-12 months of filing. Office actions should be responded to within 3 months. You can request an opinion regarding the office action from S&Z Trademark Attorneys, and ask them to respond thereto.

South African trademarks are typically accepted within 15-20 months of filing. Acceptance must be published within 6 months.

In the absence of opposition, the trademark registration certificate should be issued within 6-8 months of publication of acceptance.

Timelines:

  • Filing: immediately upon payment
  • Office action: typically within 9-12 months
  • Acceptance: typically within 15-20 months
  • Publication: within 6 months of acceptance
  • Issuance of registration certificate: typically 6-8 months of publication of acceptance (if no opposition)

Renewals:

South African trademarks must be renewed every 10 years from the South African filing date. Each renewal costs US$65, and is processed by the PayAnnuity patent renewal system.

Our South African agent:

Our South African agent is S&Z Patent and Trademark Attorneys:

  • Anthony van Zantwijk - practising since 2001, BSc(Civ)Eng, LLB, LLM(Tax), registered patent attorney
  • Paulo Lopes - practising since 2003, BSc (Mech)Eng, MSc(Mech)Eng, LLB, HDip(Tax), registered patent attorney
  • Taya Lombard - practising since 2013, LLB, registered trademark attorney

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.