S&Z leapfrogs Spoor & Fisher as South Africa’s second largest filer of complete patents

For more than a century Adams & Adams and Spoor & Fisher have dominated South African patent filings … until the GlobalIPCo patent system made South African patents incredibly affordable and fast. By couriering patent registration certificates within 3 months of filing for only $585, Sibanda & Zantwijk is on track to become the largest filer of South African complete patents within a few months.

In August 2021, 785 complete patents were filed with CIPC:

Patent firmNo. complete patent filings
Adams & Adams175
Spoor & Fisher142
von Seidels83
DM Kisch43
Hahn & Hahn34
Brian Bacon22
De Beer15
Smit & van Wyk14
Dr Gerntholtz13
Tshaya Mashabela5
Wolmarans & Susan3
Deon de Beer2
Galgut & Galgut2
AJ Rabie1
Andries van der Merwe1
Dr Samantha Gregory1
DT du Preez1
PFT Burger1
Steyn IP1
South African complete patent filings for August 2021

And, S&Z remained the top filer of South African patents for Chinese applicants.

By using the GlobalIPCo patent system, S&Z is able to process more renewals more efficiently than traditional firms that use largely manual systems. To illustrate this point:

No. attorneysNo. staffNo. complete patentsPatent / employee
Spoor & Fisher602501420.46
Efficiency of an online patent system v traditional filing system

During the next couple of years, the GlobalIPCo system will be extended to other countries.

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