Which firms filed the most South African patents in 2020?

2020 did not see a major shift in ranking of the top South African patent law firms, with the top 6 firms still accounting for more than 80% of the total patent filings (provisionals, complete patents, convention patents, and national phase patents).

Sibanda zantwijk patent attorneys

Patent firmPatents filed
Firm 12,134
Firm 21,885
Firm 3676
Firm 4500
Firm 5500
Firm 7176
Firm 8165
Firm 9123
Firm 10119
Firm 11116
FIrm 12112
Firm 13108
Firm 1461
Firm 1549
Firm 1630
Firm 1729
Firm 1829
Firm 1926
Firm 2026
Firm 2123
Firm 2221
Firm 2318
Firm 2418
Firm 2516
Firm 2616

Most South African patent firms are filing applications electronically, with S&Z adopting a new patent filing and management system that increased efficiency of South African patent filings and reduced costs. 2021 will likely see stiff competition for market-share based on cost.

In September 2021, S&Z became the #1 filer of South African patents, and in November 2021 S&Z’s South African complete patent filings exceeded 500 per month.

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The deadline for filing South African national phase patent applications is 34 months (free extension offered by GlobalIPCo). Since South Africa does not examine patent applications, grant typically takes about 4 months (where accelerated acceptance is requested) at a total cost of $469 (discount available to attorneys).

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