Statistical Country Profiles



South Africa

Population (Million): 59.31 (2020)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 680.04 (2020)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

2011

1,770

29,939

1,921

658.72

2012

1,699

32,954

3,317

673.30

2013

2,215

35,212

3,135

690.03

2014

2,322

32,421

2,539

702.77

2015

2,086

38,025

2,126

711.16

2016

2,020

36,004

3,117

714.00

2017

2,189

36,469

3,722

724.10

2018

1,861

34,031

2,810

729.80

2019

1,517

35,042

3,322

730.91

2020

1,457

35,323

2,779

680.04

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

656

6,589

1,114

2012

608

6,836

1,091

2013

638

6,657

1,577

2014

802

6,750

1,520

2015

889

6,608

1,197

2016

704

6,506

1,316

2017

728

6,816

1,461

2018

657

6,258

1,204

2019

567

6,347

950

2020

542

6,146

915

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

567

4,729

555

2012

685

5,520

672

2013

474

4,282

966

2014

445

4,620

890

2015

453

4,046

773

2016

403

3,852

674

2017

595

4,940

835

2018

451

4,295

992

2019

694

5,468

861

2020

313

3,153

710

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

2011

 

2012

 

2013

54,220

2014

55,031

2015

58,624

2016

58,235

2017

63,151

2018

73,270

2019

76,936

2020

78,787

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

7

2012

 

 

12

2013

 

 

14

2014

 

 

18

2015

 

 

11

2016

 

 

15

2017

 

 

12

2018

 

 

34

2019

 

 

48

2020

 

 

8

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

13,459

2020

22,104

14,219

13,219

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

11,909

2020

12,022

10,873

10,643

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

853

1,191

1,068

2012

1,014

1,347

2,303

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

2,710

2018

977

966

1,833

2019

976

908

2,346

2020

970

738

1,809

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

1,698

2019

908

976

2,151

2020

694

801

1,824

 

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

241

1

 

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

180

5,960

832

2012

159

6,116

820

2013

158

5,947

1,149

2014

442

6,081

1,015

2015

227

5,889

892

2016

196

5,882

937

2017

199

6,017

1,121

2018

185

5,521

896

2019

148

5,686

687

2020

163

5,335

620

 

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: 11/2021

• 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.