Who are we?

We are not attorneys. I start with that statement not because I don’t like attorneys – they are some of our biggest and longstanding clients – but because I am simply someone the attorneys use to do the research at CIPC (ex-CIPRO) for their clients.

We rent space inside the CIPC offices, which is extremely convenient for hands-on dealings with the relevant departments dealing with trademarks, companies, close corporations and patents.

I started out employed by some of the biggest intellectual property firms in the country and learned about the intricacies and pitfalls of searching, branding and trademarks.

In 1997 I took the big step and began freelancing. I have built up an excellent reputation over the years with attorneys and private clients alike.

I have a dedicated team of searchers and we will go the extra mile to help you register your brand name and guide you towards the various registration processes.

Being a non-attorney (pardon the term for the lack of a better word!), we cannot act as an address for service. An address for service is the address given to the relevant authorities for delivery of associated writs, summons and other legal documents. Deliveries of documents made at this address are assumed to have been delivered to the addressed party.

Trademarks- and patent attorneys use their own addresses for this purpose and they will act on your behalf when matters arise regarding your brand or patent.

To simplify matters and save money, you can supply your own physical and postal address and CIPC will deal directly with you.

Abiding by the rules of all things trademarks and patents, we are not allowed to give a legal opinion, but we are allowed to give an informed opinion.

So what is it exactly that we can do for you? We can do the trademark- and patent searches – at a fraction of the usual fees charged by  attorneys – and we can guide you in the interpretation of these search results and during the application process.

For a comprehensive list of our trademark search and lodging fees, please click here.

For a comprehensive list of our patent fees, please click here.

For a comprehensive list of our companies and close corporation fees, please click here.

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