Naming your new business baby – take special care!

So, here you are, contemplating your fledgling business and feeling slightly overwhelmed by the enormity of it all... You get advice from everywhere - the interwebs, your friends, your bookkeeper, the taxi driver, your dog. Now, it is completely up to you what you do with most of that advice, but if someone mentioned 'brand … Continue reading Naming your new business baby – take special care!

Intellectual Property enforcement

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

Pricing strategy for your business

Courtesy: NSBC e-Mag   Here are a few easy to apply guidelines for your small or medium enterprise: Keep an eye on competitor movements when it comes to pricing and competitive advantages. Try and always keep your pricing market-related or trending. In a price-sensitive situation try and beat, or at least compete favourably, with your main competitors, … Continue reading Pricing strategy for your business


Courtesy CIPC: Regulation 52 (1) provides that any person interested in opposing a trade mark may request the Registrar not to issue the registration certificate within a period of three months from the date of advertisement of the application in the Patent Journal. Should you wish to oppose a trade mark, kindly refer to the … Continue reading Oppositions

Trademark maintenance

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

CIPC set to significantly increase revenue duties on filing of trademarks

A confidential source has informed me that CIPC's filing fees (the revenue the government charges) for a trademark will increase from R560.00 to a maximum R1,500.00 per trademark. Apparently, small-and medium businesses (and I suppose individuals) will pay less per filing than major companies. It is not yet clear how this criteria of 'size' will … Continue reading CIPC set to significantly increase revenue duties on filing of trademarks