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

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Filing Requirements

  • Power of Attorney – notarised
  • 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

  • A Notarised Power of Attorney, required



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Filing Requirements

  • Request for grant on the prescribed form, containing:
    – Title of invention – Details of the applicant and/or inventor
    – Details of agent
  • Power of attorney – notarized (can be filed up to two months from the filing date)
  • International classification of the invention
  • Specification
  • Claims
  • Abstract (can be filed up to five months from the filing date)
  • Formal drawings, if applicable, must be filed when the application is is filed
  • Frech translation of documents


  • 15 years from the filing date, extensible by five years/li>
  • A maintenance fee is payable annually
  • The first two annual fees must be paid on filing the application
  • A six months grace period is provided for late payment of maintenance fees