SA national phase patent entry

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National phase patent process

South Africa (ZA) is the simplest and least expensive country in which to extend international patent applications (PCT). It is the preferred “gateway into Africa”, and the absence of any examination process ensures that your ZA national phase patent will be granted within the year at a fixed cost.

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Instruct us to file your ZA national phase patent by sending your WO/PCT patent number to us by email. We will send you completed forms P3, P26, a Deed of Assignment and Power of Attorney. These forms must be signed and returned to us.

Fees

Other firms charge substantially more to file South African national phase patents:

Firm A Firm B Firm C Firm D Firm E Firm F Firm G
Filing $2,050 $1,320 $1,000 $1,150 $1,300 $1,850 $1,390
Amendment est. $500 est. $530 $320 per hour not provided est. $1,400 est. $1,000 est. $625

But, we have automated the process. Our “all-inclusive” fee to:

  • prepare and file a SA national phase patent (incl. official fees);
  • prosecute the patent to grant; and
  • arrange publication of acceptance (incl. official fees),

is only US$585 / 460 Euros.

Our fee is fixed. Irrespective of the length of the specification, number of claims or priorities it will not change. See our clients’ references. There really are no hidden costs.


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Ancillary services

Vetting:

A couple of firms encourage clients to “vet” / review national phase patents to ensure that the specification conforms to our law. However, this is not necessarily required, as most inconsistencies can be remedied by amendment post grant.

Our fixed fee for vetting a national phase patent application is US$160 / 125 Euros.

Should you wish to make amendments arising from the vetting, our fixed fee for effecting such amendment pre-grant is US$410 / 325 Euros.

Amendment:

Amendments can be made both before and after grant of a patent. However, following grant, amendments cannot have the affect of broadening the scope of the claims.

Once foreign patents have proceeded to grant, we suggest amending the claims of the South African patent to align them with examined, corresponding foreign patent claims. However, you would typically only consider making such amendments 2 to 3 years after filing the South African patent.

Our fixed fee for preparing, lodging and advertising an amendment (incl. official fees):

  • before grant is US$410 / 325 Euros
  • after grant is US$500 / 395 Euros
Translations:

South African national phase patent specifications must be filed in English. If required, we can arrange translation.

Renewals:

We suggest that you pay renewals for all 20 years immediately following grant. Our fixed fee for renewing the patent for the entire 20 year term is US$755 / 595 Euros. Alternatively, we will include your patent on our renewal database and send you annual reminders. See our online patent renewal system for the most affordable renewal services available.

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Intangible Consulting (Pty) Ltd.
9 Kruger St
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Johannesburg
South Africa

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