South Africa

South African design law is governed by the Designs Act (195/1993) and proceedings under the act are governed by the Design Regulations (1999). South Africa is party to the Paris Convention and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of IP Rights, but not to the Hague Agreement for the International Deposit of Industrial Designs. Although design protection cannot be obtained by filing an international application in terms of the Hague Agreement, priority can still be claimed from such an international application. South Africa has not signed the Locarno Agreement for the International Classification of Industrial Designs. However, the Locarno classification system was adopted through the Design Regulations.

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