South Africa

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Foreign filing information

PCT national stage entry

european validation Direct file pct stage

ZA

Filing requirements

Deadline: 31 months*
Power of Attorney: Yes
Assignments: Yes
Language: English
Translation Extension: N/A
Excess Claims Fee: No
Examination Request: Deferred

Country notes

    *34 months with extension

  • Applicants and their attorneys need to comply with anti-money laundering and genetic heritage formalities. Generally, this involves completing some simple paperwork, which your South African representative will provide.

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Direct (Paris Convention) filing

european validation Direct file pct stage

ZA

Filing requirements

Power of Attorney: Yes*
Assignments: Yes
Language: English**
Excess Claims Fee: No
Examination Request: Deferred

Country notes

    *Declaration and Power of Attorney

    **Can file in any language and file the certified English translation within 3 months

  • A certified copy of the priority document, along with its certified English translation (in case of non-English language) should be submitted at the time of filing the application. Late filing of these documents is possible up to six months from the application filing date but will result in a late fee, invoiced by the agent. The deadline may again be extended up to 12 months from the application filing date but will result in further fees, invoiced by the agent.

  • Spoor & Fisher also require the international classification (IPC) for an application. This is often available for the priority application, but if not then Spoor & Fisher can classify (additional fees apply).

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