Intellectual Property

The Two Types of IP

Intellectual Property is divided into two categories – Industrial Property and Copyright.

Industrial Property

  • Patents for inventions
  • Trademarks
  • Industrial designs
  • Geographical indications


  • Literary works
  • Films
  • Music
  • Artistic Works
  • Architectural design

How is Intellectual Property Protected in South Africa?

All Intellectual property is protected by the law. However, because intellectual property is intangible, it is more difficult to protect than other types of property.

There are four acts of parliament in South Africa that govern the country’s intellectual property laws – Copyright, Patents, Trademarks and Registered Designs.

For more information of why you should protect your brand, click here. Alternatively, you can also contact us for a free availability search or quote.

Register Your Brand Now Register Your Brand Now