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South Africa Patent Application

Updated:2018-5-22 10:50:18    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:392

South Africa patent application is granted on the basis of South African patent system. Patents provide the patent owner with the right to exclude others from exploiting the invention for the life of the patent. Generally patents are granted for 20 years, starting from the date on which the first patent application is filed. Patent rights are territorial, which means that a South African patent, for example, does not afford rights outside of South Africa.

Documents Required
1. Form P3*: Declaration and Power of Attorney. Please furnish name(s) and capacity of person(s) signing Form P3;
2. Form P26*: Declaration on Indigenous Biological Resource, Genetic Resource, Traditional Knowledge of Use. Please note that this form should be submitted for all applications regardless of industry to which an invention belongs;
3. Assignment of Invention;
(Note: The above three (3) documents should be submitted within six (6) months from the national entry, and no witnesses or legalization required.)
4. A verified English translation of the PCT application: If the PCT Application as originally filed, and any amendment made under Article 19 and/or 34, was not published in English, a verified English translation is required. Submission due: 31-month from the priority date; (a 3 months extension is available at an additional cost).

Please provide us with a electronic copies of the documents mentioned above as soon as they are available. We will be able to submit the electronic form of the documents at the time of filing to avoid extra costs for the subsequent lodging of the documents. We will still need the original documents in case the registrar requests the original documents at a later stage.

Procedure for Application
Please be advised that South Africa is non-examining country, and therefore once all the formality requirements have been met, the application will be accepted within 6 to 9 months from the national entry. The application will be published within 2 to 3 months from the issuance of the Acceptance notice.

Renewal/Annuity Fees
The first renewal fee is payable on the 3rd anniversary of the International filing date, if the patent is granted less than 33 months after the International filing date.

If the patent is granted more than 33 months after the International filing date, the first renewal fee is payable within 6 months from the date of grant of the application.

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