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Filing cost

The all‐inclusive cost to file a South African design is only:

US$ 299

The filing fee includes:

  • Preparing the Power of Attorney and Forms
  • Filing the design application via a South African registered patent attorney (S&Z)
  • Official South African design filing fee (approx. US$20)
  • Emailing the filing receipt ‐ the South African Designs Office typically issues a design application number within one business day of filing
  • Emailing "acceptance" of the design ‐ South African designs are typically accepted about 9 months after filing
  • Emailing an electronic copy of the registration certificate

The filing fee is fixed, irrespective the type of design (e.g. Aesthetic or Functional) and priority claim.

Prosecution costs


South Africa does not conduct substantive examination of design applications. South African Design applications should be accepted within 9 months of filing, without incurring examination costs.

Acceptance and grant

We do not charge to report on Acceptance, and our fixed charge to arrange publication of Acceptance and Grant of the South African design is US$70.

Within 3 months of publication, we should receive the Design Registration Certificate. This we scan and send to you by email without charge. Should you require us to courier the original Certificate to you, our fixed courier charge is US$110.


Our PayAnnuity renewal system processes South African design annuities for approximately US$70 per annum, payable from the third year of earlier of the filing and priority dates.

How we're able to offer such low pricing

Iptica has automated the entire South African design filing, acceptance and grant process ‐ integrating this online design filing system with the South African Designs Office's e‐filing, reporting and publication system. No other South African patent firm offers a fully automated process. This enables us to handle large volumes of South African designs efficiently and at an exceptionally low price.

Save at least 70% on your South African design costs by using the Iptica online design filing system.


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