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Registered South African designs must be renewed every year from the third anniversary of the earlier of: the release date, the priority date, and the South African design filing date.

We automatically upload your registered South African designs to the PayAnnuity design renewal system.

The PayAnnuity renewal system emails design renewal reminders 6 months, 3 months and 1 month before each renewal deadline. To pay design renewals, login to the PayAnnuity renewal system, instruct the renewal online and pay by credit card. Cost: approx. US$70 per annuity.

If a South African design renewal is not paid by the deadline, the renewal may still be paid during a 6‐month grace period. Estimated late payment penalty: US$25‐50.

If a South African design renewal is not paid by the end of the grace period, the design will finally lapse. Finally lapsed designs may be "restored". To restore a finally lapsed design, you need to show:

  • that failure to pay the renewal was not intentional (note: lack of funds is not a valid excuse); and
  • no undue delay in applying for restoration after becoming aware of the lapse.

The estimated cost of restoration is US$550.

Upon restoration, historical unpaid renewals must be paid.


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