Intellectual Property in South Africa

Overview by
National Organizations
The national organization for the protection of trademarks and patents is the CIPRO (Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office).
Also exist the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.
South Africa signed the Agreement of Paris for the protection of industrial property, as well as the agreement establishing the World Intellectual property Organization (WIPO).
Regional Organizations
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patents Act, 1978.
20 years
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Trade Marks Act, 1993.
10 years Trademark Law Treaty
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
South African Designs Act 195 of 1993
Aesthetic design:15 years, Functional design:10years  
Copyright Act of 1978
50 years Berne convention

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