Although it is not compulsory to conduct a search to check the originality of the design or that the same or similar design is not registered – it is advisable to do so, before filing for registration. A search can be conducted at the Design Registry Office in Pretoria. It could be done personally or by a patent attorney.

The SA Designs  Register and Cardex Catalogue are available currently only  on paper form at our Paper Disclosure Centre situated in 202 Essellen, Sunnyside, Pretoria, 2nd Floor.