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 – 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 – separate form is required for each registration



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Filing Requirements

  • Application on prescribe form, signed by applicant or agent, and containing:
    – Name, address and occupation of the applicant
    – Name, address and title of the inventor
    – Tile of the invention
  • Power of Attorney – signed by applicant, not legalized
    Specification in French, English or Arabic language
  • Claims
  • Drawings
  • Abstract


  • 20 years from the filing date of the application
  • Annual fees are due for each year from fling, and are to be paid on granted patents and pending applications
  • The first annual fee is to be paid on filing the application and is at present included in the application filing fee
  • Further annual fees are to be paid before or on the last day of the month of the anniversary of the filing date
  • Six months grace period is provided for late payment