Patent costs

Patenting can be an expensive exercise. Below is a typical cost profile for filing a patent in South Africa:

South Africa Patent Costs
(*Estimated costs)

PHASE 1 – Patent search

Conducting a patent search is critical. Don’t do this properly, and you will waste a lot of money. Either conduct online patent searches using our free Patent Search Software and Search Manual or instruct us to conduct a professional patent search for R3,950.

Ensure that all disclosures during this stage are regulated by suitable confidentiality agreements.

PHASE 2 – Provisional patent

Either, draft and file your own application for R60 using our Patent Toolkit), or instruct us to prepare and file a provisional patent (for only R6,950) (excl. vat).

Now you have a period of one year within which to evaluate your invention publicly. Use the time wisely.

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PHASE 3 – Complete patent application

Complete patents must be signed and filed by a patent attorney. Our charge to prepare and file a South African complete patent application is R8,950 (excl. vat). This fee covers drafting, filing, prosecution and grant of the South African patent.

Securing patent protection in South Africa is affordable.

However, referring to the graph below, securing foreign patents requires somewhat deeper pockets:

Worldwide Patent Costs
(*Estimated costs)

Foreign patents

If you are interested in securing patent protection in at least three countries outside South Africa, you should file a PCT (patent co-operation treaty) application. If you file your PCT patent through us, this application could cost you as little as R28,000 – see our PCT Cost Calculator and PCT Toolkit.

The real crunch comes 30 months after filing the provisional patent application. You can expect to pay between R20,000 and R30,000 per country to file your national phase patents. Thereafter, depending on the degree of engagement with the patent examiner, you can expect to pay between R20,000 and R60,000 over the following 2-3 years to prosecute each national phase patent to grant. Budget properly for national phase patents using our foreign patent costing tool.

South African national phase patent

Foreigners, seriously consider filing a South African national phase patent. The country is a gateway into Africa. And, the filing process is the quickest, simplest and cheapest in the world – no examination and only US$585 “all-in”.

Patent renewal

South African patent renewal fees are paid annually after the third year of filing. Save up to 70% on renewal costs using our online Patent Renewal Tool. And, see our Renewal Cost Table for worldwide patent renewal costs / annuities.




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