The first step when registering a company in South Africa is applying with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission – CIPC. However, before you can proceed with the company registration, you need to cater for yourcompany name registration. Essentially, your company will exist as a separate legal entity, with its own name, authorised to conduct … Continue reading Formalising your business: Company name registration
1. INDIVIDUALS The maximum marginal rate for natural persons remains at 40% and is reached when taxable income exceeds R673 100 (previously R638 600). The minimum rate of tax remains at 18% on taxable income not exceeding R174 550 (previously R165 000). The primary rebate for all natural persons has been increased to R12 726 (previously R12 080). … Continue reading 2014 Budget in a Nutshell
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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
Why legalise documents and what does it really mean? When documents, issued within South Africa, are going to be used outside of South Africa, they usually need to be legalised. Different procedures are followed, depending on the type of document that is being legalised. Legalising documents means that official (public) documents are affixed, sealed and … Continue reading Legalisation of documents
The choice between registering a trademark and a copyright is not always a clear one. Trademark and copyright registration are both means of protecting your intellectual property rights. There are, however, important differences between trademark and copyright protection. Copyrights are a form of protection for the authors of "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, … Continue reading How do I know if I need trademark or copyright protection?
The CIPC process of amending a registered company, and the changes that accompany the process, can be quite daunting indeed. With the new Companies Act which came into force in May 2008, a number of changes have taken place, including the change of name from CIPRO to CIPC of the body that registers companies and … Continue reading Why you need professional help with CIPC processes
"According to this chart via Reddit, called “The Illusion of Choice,” these corporations create a chain that begins at one of 10 super companies. You’ve heard of the biggest names, but it’s amazing to see what these giants own or influence. Some of these large brands don’t neccesarily own the sub brands, but own a … Continue reading 10 Corporations own almost anything you buy
There are two areas of protection that need to be considered - the company aspect and the trademark aspect. Regarding the company aspect, you will need to know how you intend trading. For example: As a sole proprietor using a trade style; As a registered company; As a registered close corporation. If you do not … Continue reading Starting a business and want to protect your name? Here’s how…
From: Cyberlaw@SA Authors: M Viljoen BLC LLB GM du Plessis BLC LLB G Vivier BEng (Electronics Eng) BCom LLB Unregistered trademarks Our common law recognises the rights that a person acquires as goodwill (which includes, as a component, a reputation)13 or the ability to attract custom, which attaches to a trademark. The principles of unlawful … Continue reading Unregistered trademarks