Statistical Country Profiles



South Africa

Population (Million): 58.56 (2019)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 730.91 (2019)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

2010

1,996

28,310

 

637.77

2011

1,764

29,939

1,921

658.72

2012

1,688

32,954

3,316

673.30

2013

2,211

35,212

3,135

690.03

2014

2,317

32,421

2,539

702.77

2015

2,077

38,025

2,126

711.16

2016

2,018

36,004

3,117

714.00

2017

2,189

36,469

3,721

724.10

2018

1,861

34,031

2,809

729.80

2019

1,514

35,017

3,436

730.91

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

2019

567

6,347

947

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

2019

694

5,468

862

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

2010

 

2011

 

2012

 

2013

54,220

2014

55,031

2015

58,624

2016

58,235

2017

63,151

2018

73,270

2019

76,936

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

 

 

7

2011

 

 

7

2012

 

 

12

2013

 

 

14

2014

 

 

18

2015

 

 

11

2016

 

 

15

2017

 

 

12

2018

 

 

34

2019

 

 

31

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

18,040

12,509

10,270

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

21,594

15,326

16,431

2016

22,676

15,112

13,328

2017

22,381

15,337

14,088

2018

22,542

15,820

11,489

2019

21,583

15,788

13,434

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

34,458

30,892

12,018

2011

17,728

13,558

8,887

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

10,618

2019

16,712

14,049

11,901

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

2019

976

908

2,460

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

2019

908

976

2,261

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Year

PCT System

Madrid System

Hague System

2011

309

2

 

2012

313

 

 

2013

351

 

 

2014

313

 

 

2015

313

 

 

2016

287

4

1

2017

295

3

 

2018

275

2

2

2019

275

7

3

2020

251

1

 

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

2019

148

5,686

684

 

PCT Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

DETNET SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD

6

1

11

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

4

5

9

EPIROC HOLDINGS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD

 

2

8

UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG

1

3

8

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

11

18

7

CSIR

8

9

6

STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY

2

17

6

UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND

4

4

6

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA

4

 

4

FREDDY HIRSCH GROUP (PROPRIETARY) LIMITED

1

 

3

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

SASOL LIMITED

 

 

1

 

Hague Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

MAGDALENA HENRIETTA ELIZABETHA PIETERS

 

 

12

 

Source: WIPO statistics database; last updated: 03/2021

• 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 application at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) or the Patent Office of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC Patent Office) is multiplied by the corresponding number of member states ; whereas one application at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one application abroad if the applicant does not reside in a member state, or as one resident application and one application abroad (two applications) if the applicant resides in a member state, due to lack of information on designations.
• 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. 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: Department for Economics and Data Analytics, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: ipstats.mail@wipo.int.