Tel:(012) 342 1774
Fax:(012) 342 3027
222 Richard Street, Hatfield, 0083, South Africa
P.O.Box 13575 Hatfield 0028
Republic of South Africa
Docex 219 Pretoria
Town Branch Office
Mon - Thurs: 08h00 to 16h30
Friday: 08h00 to 14h30
We are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays although
our professional staff can often be reached on their emails after
hours or by prior arrangement.
with patents, a "worldwide design" does not exist. Separate
design applications must be filed in each country individually.
first step (for our South African clients) to obtaining
design protection in several countries is normally the filing
of a design application at the South African Designs Office.
Please click on the title "South African Designs" for more
information, in this respect.
Thereafter, within 6 months of the filing of such South
African design application, you will need to file the corresponding
foreign applications in the countries in which design protection
is sought in order to claim the priority date of the South
African application under the International Patent Convention
(also referred to as the Paris Convention). Most important
countries are members of this convention.
it is important to notify us at your very first contact
with us of the countries in which you wish to obtain design
protection as design applications should be filed in all
countries which are not members of the Paris Convention
before the design is disclosed to the public. Please click
on the title "Paris Convention
Countries" for a list of Paris Convention members.
more information on the individual countries, please select
an appropriate country from the pull-down "Select a region"
list at the top left hand side of this page or return to
our home page and select a country using the interactive
map of the world.