Many people confuse patents, copyrights and trademark. The three have some striking similarities and are all designed to protect intellectual property; however they are different and also serve different purposes. In simple terms, the three are all forms of protection for you and your business, from anyone who may steal, misuse or illegally benefit from your … Continue reading MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COPYRIGHT, PATENT AND A TRADEMARK
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
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
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
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
So, you had an oops? Forgot to pay your annual returns two years in a row? The Commission thought you were inactive as an entity for seven years? You requested deregistration but changed your mind? Not to worry! You may reinstate or restore your deregistered company or close corporation...you also need to be very brave. … Continue reading Restoration of a deregistered company or CC
The merger of the Companies Intellectual Property registration Office (CIPRO) with the Office of Companies and Intellectual Property Enforcement (OCIPE) has produced the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC). The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) was launched in South Africa when The New Companies Act of 2008 (Act 71 of 2008) was enforced on … Continue reading Registration of new companies at CIPC
Starting a business seems like such a complex and challenging goal, that we often keep postponing the idea. A good starting point would be to reserve and register your company name. We can reserve your company name electronically via the internet on CIPC's (Companies and Intellectual Property Commission) database. CIPC has migrated most of their … Continue reading Business registration – how to?