SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL PHASE PATENT
Generally, South Africa is not an examining country ‐ only pharmaceutical patents undergo substantive examination. For non-pharmaceutical patents, as long as the patent application was properly filed, the application will be accepted.
Typically, no additional costs are incurred during the period from filing to acceptance.
Your South African national phase patent should be "accepted" about 9 months after filing. We will immediately notify you of acceptance by email.
After acceptance, the abstract (with abstract Figure) must be published during a 3‐month window period. To meet the publication deadline, arrangements for publication should be made within 7 weeks of acceptance. Our charge to arrange publication of acceptance is US$70, and you can instruct and pay for this online via your dashboard.
South African patent law does not provide for opposition of patent applications.
The date of publication is regarded as the date of "grant".
Certificate of grant:
Patent certificates are typically issued 3 months after grant. We will email an electronic copy of the certificate to you, and would be glad to courier the certificate to you for US$110. You can instruct and pay for the courier online via your dashboard.
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