How to register a design

Steps to apply for a design registration:

  1. Register with’s online South African design filing system.
  2. Complete the applicant name and address fields.
  3. Select your classes (i.e. goods the design must cover).
  4. Take and upload photos of your product using your phone.
  5. Sign forms electronically.
  6. Pay US$299.

See more: How to apply for a SA design registration

The GlobalIPCo system completes the forms and automatically files your South African design application with the South African Designs Office (CIPC).

The official South African design application filing receipt together with your design application number will be emailed to you within one business day of payment.

You can start using your design immediately after receiving the filing receipt – there is no need to wait until registration of the design application.

Registration of your South African design

Designs are not examined. So, your design application will be granted by CIPC. In 9 months, you should receive a notice of acceptance. Instruct GlobalIPCo to publish your design application, and you will receive a scanned copy of the South African design registration certificate a few months thereafter.

Once registered, your design will prevent others from making, importing and selling similar-looking products.

That’s it! The process couldn’t be simpler.

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