KISCH IP, although headquartered in South Africa and represented worldwide, is particularly active in Africa – where we utilise the services of a selected network of qualified and reliable agents. Read More


Considering that there are almost 60 territories in Africa, with a population of approximately 800 million, it is no surprise that the region has become a focal point for commercial expansion. At the same time, each country has its own set of intellectual property laws, with their own respective origins.


KISCH IP has developed – over the last 140 years – extensive knowledge and experience of the various legal systems and structures throughout Africa.


Further, because we view Africa as a reservoir of immense potential for global businesses and investors, we are eager to assist foreign and local clients with IP-related matters throughout the continent, as well as with general commercial legal services.

Please choose your desired region


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Filing Requirements

  • Power of Attorney – notarized and legalized up to the Ethiopian Consulate
  • Certified Copy of the Certificate of Registration for the trademark in any country (home country or foreign country)
  • The name, address and nationality of the applicant
  • Sample of mark, (not required for world marks)
  • A list of the goods / services and the classes pertaining thereto
  • A certified copy of the priority document, in the case that priority is to be claimed


  • Every 6 years (Republication every 2 years but not a requirement


Requirements for renewal

  • No supporting documents required



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Filing Requirements

  • Power of Attorney – signed and legalized
  • Request for grant, containing:
    – A title of the invention, which must be clear, concise and   preferably no more than seven words
    – Applicant’s data, and information about the inventor   when the application is made by a person other than the   inventor
    – Name and address of agent, when application is made   by a representative
    – Disclosures to be disregarded for purpose of prior art   and determining the novelty of the invention
    – Priority declaration, when a prior filing date is claimed
  • Description
  • Claims
  • Abstract
  • Any drawings


  • 15 years from the date of filing
  • A maintenance fee payable annually, commencing one year after the filing date of the application
  • Six months grace period is in place for late payment of maintenance fees