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At present, patent protection is available by way of the extension of a United Kingdom granted patent, and the registration of a South African granted patent, while the validity of an application via ARIPO is uncertain.

Paris Convention;
ARIPO (Harare Protocol) *;
PCT**; and

*Not yet implemented

**Currently no provision is made for filings under the PCT

Patents of invention.

National legislation is silent regarding novelty requirements.

Patent applications are examined as to compliance with formal requirement.

A patent registered based on a granted South African patent will remain in force for the period for which the South African patent remains in force, subject to the payment of renewal fees, and subject to the South African patent being renewed.

The extension of a UK patent remains in force as long as the UK patent remains in force.

No provision.