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

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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 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


  • 10 years from application date

Requirements for renewal

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed, required



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Filing Requirements

  • Application, on prescribed form, signed by applicant or agent
  • Power of Attorney – without legalization
  • Specification, with claims
  • Drawings
  • Certified copy of the basic application, with sworn translation if not in English, in case Convention priority is claimed
  • Request by inventor to be named in the patent, where appropriate


  • 20 years from the filing date of the application
  • Annual maintenance fees are payable on each anniversary of the patent, the first falling due on the date of filing
  • Six months grace period is provided for late payment