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Updated 06 Dec 2020

Registering a patent checklist

Protect your intellectual property by registering a patent.

Registering a patent in South Africa

Registering a patent goes beyond simply protecting your intellectual property (IP). You are also protecting all the hours of time, research and money that went into testing and perfecting that idea. A patent is an exclusive IP right that is granted for a technological invention.

  1. Visit the patents registrar’s office
  2. A search must be conducted to make sure that the invention you want to patent doesn’t already exist
  3. It takes a long time to register a patent, but a provisional patent can be obtained for a 12 month period
  4. There are a number of CIPC forms to complete. These must be signed by a patent attorney.
  5. Your patent will be published in the CIPC Patent Journal (a monthly online publication)
  6. You will have 18 months to comply with all the requirements


The importance of patenting your intellectual property (IP) cannot be overemphasised.


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