South Africa

Patents Act 1978 (Act No. 57 of 1978, as amended up to Patents Amendment Act 1988)

Year of Version1988
Dates
Entry into force: January 1, 1979
Adopted: April 26, 1978
Type of Text Main IP Laws
Subject Matter Patents (Inventions), Plant Variety Protection, Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, IP Regulatory Body
NotesThe notification by South Africa to the WTO under article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'This Act provides for the registration and granting of letters patents for inventions. The duration of a patent is 20 years and is non-extendable. The test of novelty is absolute novelty.
Section 90 was notified under the heading Control of Anti-Competitive Practices in Contractual Licences.
Section 90, inter alia, prohibits the inclusion of certain restrictive conditions in licensing agreements.
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Patents Act 1978 (Act No. 57 of 1978, as amended up to Patents Amendment Act 1988)
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Related Legislation
WIPO Lex No.ZA013
WTO Document Reference
IP/N/1/ZAF/P/1