Trademark protection, business registration and CIPC

A smart business is one that not only stands out, but is compliant in respect of legal and industry standards and requirements. In order to operate legally in South Africa your company must be registered with CIPC, or the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission. This is formalized in terms of company name, operational activities, ownership … Continue reading Trademark protection, business registration and CIPC

Be careful if you love your counterfeit buys!

Trademark counterfeiting.   (A) No person shall knowingly do any of the following: (1) Attach, affix, or otherwise use a counterfeit mark in connection with the manufacture of goods or services, whether or not the goods or services are intended for sale or resale; (2) Possess, sell, or offer for sale tools, machines, instruments, materials, … Continue reading Be careful if you love your counterfeit buys!

Searching for trademarks

"Oh, searching to find out if your trademark is available is easy! Anyone can do it. In fact, I will do it myself! And I will save all that money I should have spent on an expert searcher! Heehah!". Pardon the over-usage of exclamation marks as well as the knowing smirk on my face... Searching … Continue reading Searching for trademarks

How to start a new business in South Africa

In order to open a business there are a number of stages to be completed after the type of business structure has been established. The first stages involve the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC). The CIPC is responsible for the registration of companies, cooperatives and intellectual property rights. Actions to take concerning the CIPC … Continue reading How to start a new business in South Africa

Types of business structures

Sole Trader/Proprietor: One person owns the business and the law makes no distinction between the person and the business that they are operating. The assets and debts of the person are also assets and debts of the business. Sole traders must refer to their business as "Name t/a (trading as) business name". Partnership: A business … Continue reading Types of business structures

New company registrations

We will guide you through the process and help with queries where possible. Please contact us on or check out our website A quick overview of the process: Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) The most important document governing a company is the MOI, which is a consolidation of the current Memorandum and Articles of … Continue reading New company registrations

Some FAQ for trademarks

  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 … Continue reading Some FAQ for trademarks

Choosing a company name

Deciding on a name for your company should not be taken lightly as the name of your company will essentially be the point of connection between you and a potential customer. If you have a strange name that is in no way relative to your business, people will struggle to remember the name of your … Continue reading Choosing a company name

Should I register my new company’s trademark?

Starting up a small business in South Africa can be a costly exercise and there are always additional costs that creep in that one is not always aware of when starting a new company. Apart from the necessary assets one needs to acquire when starting a business, the second most important aspect of your new … Continue reading Should I register my new company’s trademark?