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Intellectual property in South Africa

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
The national organisation for the protection of trademarks and patents is the CIPC (Companies and Intellectual Property Commission).
The South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law is another organisation.
South Africa signed the Paris Convention for the protection of industrial roperty, as well as the agreement establishing the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
Regional Organisations
African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO)
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
 

National Regulation and International Agreements

 
Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patent
 
Patents Act, 1978.
20 years Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Trademark
 
Trade Marks Act, 1993.
10 years Trademark Law Treaty
Design
 
South African Designs Act 195 of 1993
Aesthetic design: 15 years, Functional design:10 years  
Copyright
 
Copyright Act of 1978
50 years Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Industrial Models
 
South African Designs Act 195 of 1993
 

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