Patents Lodged in South Africa 2016/17 vs 2017/18
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Source: CIPC (2017/18)

Patents are indicative of the amount of new knowledge and ideas that are generated. According to the South African Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), the number of local patent applications for all sectors in 2017/18 was 683 compared to 2016/17 in which there were 700 local applications.