Q: Can a company- or close corporation lodge an objection to a proposed trademark if its name is identical or very similar to the trademark?
A:Yes. The trademark database is not linked to the company database and a separate search will be done, upon request and at additional cost.
Q :How long does a search take?
A: We will do your search within 24 hours after verification of payment, unless circumstances prevent us from doing so.
Q: Must the trademark be registered before it can be used?
A: The registrar will examine your trademark plus minus 12 months after filing.
Q: How long does a trademark last?
A: A registered trademark can last indefinitely, as long as the renewals fees are paid. The first renewal fee is due ten years from the date of filing.
Q: Can I file more than one class on one application form?
Q: Do you discontinue the search when you find the exact trademark already filed?
A: No, we still do the full search to give you all the variations and combinations.
Q: Do you give a refund if my proposed trademark is not available?
A: Unfortunately not.
Q: Do I need to use the trade mark to register it?
A: No, the Trade Marks Act requires only a bona fide intention to use the mark. If you do not use the trade mark for a period of 5 years, it may become vulnerable to expungement (removal) upon application by a third party.
Q: Will my trade mark have protection outside South Africa?
A: No, your registration will only offer protection in the territory you have registered it in.
Q: Can I register a domain name as a trade mark?