If the company or close corporation was deregistered, can the company or close corporation still be re-instated (restored)?Yes but only if proofed that the entity was holding property or was active at the time of deregistration. Once a company or close corporation has been “final deregistered”, the company or close corporation or any other person may … Continue reading FAQ About reinstating a close corporation or company
You need to determine whether another business is already using a trademark that's identical or similar to the one you want to use to ensure that you won't violate someone else's trademark rights. If you are sued by a trademark owner for using its trademark, at the least you can be forced to stop using … Continue reading Why do I need to conduct a trademark search?
From CIPC: Intellectual property (IP) enforcement When a right holder discovers that his intellectual property (IP) rights have been infringed, or are about to be infringed, the focus of his attention shifts. He may have previously concentrated on how to obtain and make use of his respective rights, but now his attention will concentrate … Continue reading Intellectual Property enforcement
After registering your name, it is vital to upkeep the value of your company or product name. This involves using your trade name throughout your company on websites, brochures, and invoices. Don't forget to use the "®" symbol after you have approved registration from CIPC. If you haven't registered your trademark, you can use the … Continue reading Trademark maintenance
The patent journal of South Africa is a document created and issued by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) of South Africa and contains information relating to patents, trademarks, designs and copyright in cinematographic films in existence in South Africa. The patent journal was formerly a printed publication that was available to view at the patents … Continue reading Understanding the patent journal in South Africa
The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission – CIPC – is responsible for a number of processes which govern companies’ existence and operations. From registration of companies and intellectual property rights such as patents, designs and copyright; disclosure of information on its business registers to enforcement of relevant legislation –CIPC’S processes and functions are crucial for the continued … Continue reading CIPC processes you should know about
It is hard to predict how long it will take for an application to mature into a registration since many factors can affect the process. Generally, an applicant will receive a filing receipt from CIPC almost instantly after filing. However, the total application processing time may be anywhere from 18 months to 3 years, or … Continue reading How long does it take for a trademark to be registered?
A trademarked logo means that the business or persons who own the logo have carefully designed it to be completely unique. Applying for your logo to be trademarked is often best left to the professionals as a detailed search is required in various categories to investigate whether your logo is indeed unique or differential enough … Continue reading Intellectual Property and your logo #2
Designing a logo for a new company does not happen overnight. Large companies spend a great deal of money on market research in order to create a valuable new brand for their company. One of the most important things one needs to consider before either creating a logo yourself or contracting another company to create … Continue reading Designing your new company logo #1
Fom CIPC: An annual return is a summary of the most relevant information pertaining to a company and close corporation. By lodging annual returns companies and close corporations ensure that the CIPC is in possession of the latest information. It also confirms that the company and close corporation is still in business or will be … Continue reading Companies – annual returns are very important