Statistical Country Profiles

South Africa

Population (Million): 57.78 (2018)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 701.65 (2018)

 

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2009

1,964

28,948

1,983

595.14

2010

1,996

28,295

 

613.23

2011

1,764

29,939

1,921

633.37

2012

1,688

32,954

3,316

647.39

2013

2,211

35,212

3,135

663.48

2014

2,317

32,421

2,539

675.73

2015

2,077

37,974

2,126

684.38

2016

2,018

36,057

3,117

688.25

2017

2,189

30,115

3,721

697.31

2018

1,861

34,028

2,809

701.65

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

822

5,913

1,142

2010

821

5,562

1,175

2011

656

6,589

1,108

2012

608

6,836

1,080

2013

638

6,657

1,573

2014

802

6,750

1,515

2015

889

6,608

1,188

2016

704

6,506

1,314

2017

728

6,816

1,461

2018

657

6,258

1,204

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

833

806

415

2010

822

4,509

559

2011

567

4,729

555

2012

685

5,520

667

2013

474

4,282

965

2014

445

4,620

889

2015

453

4,046

773

2016

403

3,852

674

2017

595

4,940

835

2018

451

4,295

992

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2009

 

2010

 

2011

 

2012

 

2013

54,220

2014

55,031

2015

58,624

2016

58,235

2017

63,151

2018

73,270

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

4

2010

 

 

7

2011

 

 

7

2012

 

 

12

2013

 

 

14

2014

 

 

18

2015

 

 

11

2016

 

 

15

2017

 

 

12

2018

 

 

34

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

16,134

10,487

12,814

2010

18,040

12,509

10,255

2011

19,522

13,962

10,417

2012

20,499

14,105

12,455

2013

20,871

15,199

14,341

2014

20,475

14,943

11,946

2015

21,543

15,430

16,431

2016

22,734

15,242

13,323

2017

16,027

10,224

14,088

2018

22,550

15,987

11,478

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

10,956

8,843

11,125

2010

34,458

30,892

12,003

2011

17,728

13,558

8,878

2012

16,507

12,723

9,290

2013

14,923

12,302

12,028

2014

17,019

14,759

10,336

2015

14,547

12,659

10,945

2016

6,139

5,142

12,213

2017

8,549

5,727

13,168

2018

16,745

15,247

10,615

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

1,017

996

966

2010

 

 

1,006

2011

853

1,191

1,068

2012

1,014

1,347

2,302

2013

950

1,287

2,185

2014

772

1,201

1,767

2015

723

1,237

1,403

2016

1,087

1,107

2,030

2017

1,012

1,114

2,709

2018

977

966

1,832

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

956

1,308

957

2010

 

 

923

2011

547

729

944

2012

490

765

2,260

2013

572

1,129

2,214

2014

343

549

2,126

2015

371

645

1,321

2016

411

719

1,995

2017

686

975

2,656

2018

687

833

1,697

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2009

375

22

1

2010

291

4

 

2011

309

2

 

2012

313

 

 

2013

351

 

 

2014

313

 

 

2015

313

 

 

2016

287

4

1

2017

295

3

 

2018

274

2

2

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

5,595

902

2010

 

5,562

908

2011

180

5,960

829

2012

159

6,116

810

2013

158

5,947

1,145

2014

442

6,081

1,010

2015

227

5,889

883

2016

196

5,882

936

2017

199

6,017

1,121

2018

185

5,521

896

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2016

2017

2018

NCM INNOVATIONS (PTY) LTD

5

8

13

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

7

10

11

CSIR

10

7

8

DETNET SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD

6

6

6

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TRANSCENDENT TECHNOLOGY (PTY) LTD

 

 

6

UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL

1

5

5

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

2

8

4

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA

2

1

4

UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND

6

10

4

DUCERE HOLDINGS (PTY) LIMITED

 

 

3

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2016

2017

2018

AMIMO INVESTMENT HOLDINGS (PROPRIETARY) LIMITED

 

 

1

VCP TRADING CC

 

 

1

 

Hague Top Applicants

Hague Applicant

2016

2017

2018

 

Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated: 10/2019

• The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from WIPO's operational databases. Data might be missing for some years and offices or may be incomplete for some origins. The data relating to population and gross domestic product (GDP) are from the UN Statistics Division and the World Bank.
• A resident filing refers to an application filed in the country by its own resident; whereas a non-resident filing refers to the one filed by a foreign applicant. An abroad filing refers to an application filed by this country's resident at a foreign office.
• Where an office provides total filings without breaking them down into resident and non-resident filings, WIPO divides the total count using the historical share of resident filings at that office.
• IP filings and Economy lists patent, trademark and industrial design filings worldwide by applicants from this country (resident + abroad).
• One filing at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) or the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is treated as equavalent of multiple abroad filings at each member state; whereas one filing at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one abroad filing due to lack of information on designation.
• Application class count: The number of classes specified in a trademark application. In the international trademark system and at certain national and regional offices, an applicant can file a trademark application that specifies one or more of the 45 goods and services classes of the Nice Classification. Offices use a single- or multi-class filing system. For example, the offices of Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America (US) as well as many European IP offices have multi-class filing systems. The offices of Brazil, Malaysia and Mexico follow a single-class filing system, requiring a separate application for each class in which an applicant seeks trademark protection. To capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration class counts.
• Application design count: The number of designs contained in an industrial design application. Under the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, it is possible for an applicant to obtain protection for up to 100 industrial designs for products belonging to one and the same class by filing a single application. Some national or regional IP offices allow applications to contain more than one design for the same product or within the same class, while others allow only one design per application. In order to capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration design counts.
• Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.