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


Convention Priority

Madrid Agreement

Lesotho is an ARIPO Patent zone and an ARIPO Trade mark zone and an

Other ARIPO Trade mark zones

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Filing Requirements

  • Power of Attorney – simply signed
  • The name, address and nationality of the applicant
  • Sample of mark (not required for word 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


  • 10 years from application date

Requirements for renewal

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed, required



Other ARIPO Patent zones

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Filing Requirements

  • Request for grant containing:
    – Short title of the invention
    – Name, address, nationality and country of residence or   principal place of business of applicant
    – Name, address and telephone number of agent
  • Claims
  • Abstract
  • Drawings


  • 15 years from date of filing the application; may be extended for 5 years, so that the maximum duration of a patent is 20 years from application date
  • Annual maintenance fees are payable on the anniversary of the filing date of the application, commencing on the first anniversay of the filing date
  • Six months grace period is provided for the late payment