South Africa

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International Classification, Nice 10th Edition

Single class

Goods and services may be registered

PriorityConvention priority may be claimed
Renewal10 years from the filing date and every 10 years thereafter
Use provisionsNon-use of a mark for a period of 5 years from registration renders it open to an action for cancellation by third parties.
Types of Patent

Substantive with or without priority claims

PCT national phase

PriorityConvention priority may be claimed
DurationPatents are granted for a term of 20 years from their effective filing date
AnnuitiesAnnuities are due annually, on the third and each subsequent anniversary of the effective filing date
PriorityConvention priority may be claimed
DurationThe duration of an "aesthetic design" registration is 15 years whereas the duration of a "functional design" registration is 10 years.  The term is calculated from the application date or, if claimed, either the priority date or release date
RenewalRenewal fees are payable before the expiration of three years from the filing date and annually thereafter on each anniversary of the filing date