PCT Chapter I Deadline in South Africa now 31 Months
The South African Patent Regulations were amended on 23 April 2003 to provide that the Chapter I deadline for entering the National Phase in South Africa is 31 months from the earliest priority date of the corresponding International Patent Application. This brings our regulations into line with the amendment of PCT Article 22.
It is also possible to extend the deadline for entering the National Phase in South Africa for a period not exceeding 3 months.
Thus, for pending International Patent Applications, the Chapter I and Chapter II deadlines are now both 31 months from the earliest priority date, extensible to 34 months.
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