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Traditional South African national phase instruction

Step 1: Login and select "Patent"

Step 2: Select "National Phase - prepared by S&Z Patent Attorneys"

Step 3: Insert your reference and the PCT number

Step 4: Click "Accept Terms" and pay by credit card

Next steps:

  • Your South African national phase patent application will be prepared by a South African patent attorney.
  • Declaration Forms and a Power of Attorney will be emailed to you for signature. We require a scanned copy of the signed forms to be emailed to us. No commissioning or legalisation is required.
  • Upon receipt of the signed documents, we will file the South African national phase patent application.
  • We will send you an application number and filing receipt within two business days, and you can track the status of the application online.
  • The South African national phase patent application should be accepted within 9 months, where after we will arrange publication (i.e. grant).
  • We typically receive the patent registration certificate within 3 months of publication, which we will courier to you.

Note: Filing, official fees, publication (i.e. grant) and courier costs are included in our filing fee. There are no further costs (apart from Renewal costs).

DIY South African national phase instruction

Step 1: Login and select "Patent"

Step 2: Select "National Phase - online application"

Step 3: Complete the online application form; download forms for signature; upload scanned copies of the signed forms; and pay by credit card

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PCT Details

Amendments

On filing, the specification must mirror the PCT application on file at WIPO.

Changes thereto (including changes to applicant details) may only be made after filing.

Notes: If you are unsure regarding completion of the online application form, select "Submit for review" (cost $49). A registered South African patent attorney will review your inputs and ensure that the application is in order before filing the application with the South African Patent Office.

Next steps:

  • Upon payment (or, review (if selected)), we will immediately file the South African national phase patent application.
  • We will send you an application number and filing receipt within two business days, and you can track the status of the application online.
  • Within 9 months, we should send you an email reporting acceptance of the patent application. You will need to respond to this email and instruct us to publish acceptance (cost: $70 payable by credit card).
  • We typically receive the patent registration certificate within 3 months of publication. An electronic copy of the registration certificate will be emailed to you without charge, and you can (optionally) request the document to be couriered to you (cost: $110 payable by credit card).

Note: Filing and official fees are included in our filing fee. Downstream costs: Publication ($70); Courier ($110, optional); and Renewals.