Filing Requirements

Filing Type: National Phase Entry PCT National Phase Entry
Deadline: 31 months*
Power of Attorney: Yes**
Assignments: Yes
Language: English
Translation Extension: N/A
Excess Claims Fee: No
Examination Request: No substantive examination
Country Notes: * 34 months with extension.

** Combined Declaration and Power of Attorney form.

• Other documents: Statement of Use.

• Applicants and their attorneys need to comply with anti-money laundering and genetic heritage formalities. Generally, this involves completing some simple paperwork, which your South African representative will provide.

Filing Requirements

Filing Type: Direct Filing Direct Filing
Deadline: 12 months
Power of Attorney: Yes*
Assignments: Yes
Language: English**
Excess Claims Fee: No
Examination Request: No substantive examination
Country Notes: * Declaration and Power of Attorney.

** Can file in any language and file the certified English translation within three months.

• A certified copy of the Priority Document, along with its certified English translation (in case of non-English language) should be submitted at the time of filing the application. Late filing of these documents is possible up to six months from the application filing date but will result in a late fee, invoiced by the agent. The deadline may again be extended up to 12 months from the application filing date but will result in further fees, invoiced by the agent.

• Spoor & Fisher also require the International Patent Classification (IPC) for an application. This is often available for the priority application, but if not then Spoor & Fisher can classify (additional fees apply).

Spoor & Fisher

Established: 1920

Number of Professional Staff: 70+

National Phase Entry RWS PCT agent in Angola, ARIPO, Kenya, Nigeria, OAPI and South Africa
Direct Filing RWS Direct (Paris Convention) agent in ARIPO, Ethiopia, OAPI and South Africa

Spoor & Fisher has been a specialist IP firm since its formation in 1920. The firm provides legal services throughout Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, and has a proud tradition of having been involved in many of the leading patent, trademark and copyright cases in South Africa. Spoor & Fisher has offices in Jersey (Channel Islands), Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria, in South Africa. The firm also has an extensive network of local associates across the African continent.

Spoor & Fisher specializes in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyright and designs, related litigation, commercial transactions, due diligence and portfolio management.


• Biotechnology
• Chemical Science
• Electrical
• Information Technology
• Mechanical & Mining
• Nanotechnology
• Pharmaceutical
• Software

Contact Information


South Africa:
11 Byls Bridge Boulevard,
Building No. 14,
Highveld Ext 73,
Centurion 0157, Pretoria,
South Africa

Angola, ARIPO, Ethiopia, OAPI, Nigeria, Kenya:
Africa House,
11 Castle Street,
St Helier, Jersey JE2 3RP,
Channel Islands British Isles