I saw an object in a certain country - but it is not available or known in South Africa. Can I file a patent in South Africa?

In terms of the SA Patent Act, there is a requirement for absolute novelty i.e. the invention must be not known or used anywhere in the world. However, there are some countries where the novelty requirement is restricted to the so-called relative novelty, e.g. not known for the last 50 years, but a prior use is not destroying the novelty.

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