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Intellectual property in South Africa

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
The national organisation for the protection of trademarks and patents is the CIPC (Companies and Intellectual Property Commission).
The South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law is another organisation.
South Africa signed the Paris Convention for the protection of industrial roperty, as well as the agreement establishing the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
Regional Organisations
African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO)
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patents Act, 1978.
20 years Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Trade Marks Act, 1993.
10 years Trademark Law Treaty
South African Designs Act 195 of 1993
Aesthetic design: 15 years, Functional design:10 years  
Copyright Act of 1978
50 years Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Industrial Models
South African Designs Act 195 of 1993

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