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South Africa: intellectual property documentation

The following is a detailed list of the South African intellectual property documentation held within the British Library IP collection.

Some material on this list may only be available in Afrikaans. We cannot translate items for you.

Intellectual Property stock locations

IP Open Access: Always available in the Business & IP Centre

IP Reserve South: In secure storage, can be delivered to the Centre in typically 1-3 hours

IP Reserve North: In secure storage, can be delivered to the Centre in 48+ hours. If a nine-digit number is shown under "location", these can be ordered for use in the Centre by registered readers through Explore the British Library. Please type the number into the Explore search box to rapidly retrieve the record.

IP Reserve Material cannot be ordered for same-day delivery after 16:00. Sometimes the service may not be available all day on Saturday due to staffing. Some Reserve Material may not be available at times due to stock movements. Please contact us before your visit to check.


Companies and Intellectual Property Commission



Patent specifications

Specifications1/1917 - 200/1940PaperIP Reserve South
Subsequent specifications were not routinely published and copies are often available on paper or online only to individuals who are registered "clients" of CIPRO

Patent databases

Public Patent Search1917 - to date (bibliographic details)Online
(full documents available 1984 - 2005)

Abstracts and indexes

Official Journal of Patents, Trade Marks, Designs and Copyright (abstracts from 1955)Nov 2006 - to dateOnline
 Nov 2010 - to dateOnline
 1948 - 2005PaperIP Reserve South

Official Journals

Union of South Africa Gazette (IP extracts)1929 - 1944PaperIP Reserve South
British South Africa Company Government Gazette1903 - 1923PaperIP Reserve South

Miscellaneous patent publications

Annual Report1917 - 1939PaperIP Reserve South
Index of Specifications1979 - 1982PaperIP Reserve South
Patents Lists1917 - 1941PaperIP Reserve South

Trade marks and designs

See general official journal

Older pre-Union IP material

Cape Of Good Hope

Patent specifications1860 - 1916PaperIP Reserve South
Government Gazette1893 - 1916PaperIP Reserve South
Trade Mark Name Index1893 - 1898PaperIP Reserve South
Trade Mark Classified Index1893 - 1898PaperIP Reserve South
Patent List1868 - 1898PaperIP Reserve South


Patent Specifications (annual numeration)1870 - 1915PaperIP Reserve South
Government Gazette Patents1901 - 1911PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Lists1870 - 1891PaperIP Reserve South
Trade Marks1904 - 1916PaperIP Reserve South

Orange Free State

Government Gazette1903 - 1911PaperIP Reserve South

South African Republic

Patent Lists1896 - 1898PaperIP Reserve South
Trade Mark Lists1892 - 1899PaperIP Reserve South


Patent Lists1887 - 1919PaperIP Reserve South
Trade Mark Lists1900 - 1903PaperIP Reserve South
Government Gazette1902 - 1909PaperIP Reserve South
Administration Reports1904 - 1906, 1909PaperIP Reserve South