Understanding the patent journal in South Africa


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

Additional requirements for CC membership changes


From CIPC: Kindly note that in addition to the requirements published in Guidance note 4 of 2012, an additional requirement is being introduced as part of improving controls relating to change of membership. The introduction of this requirement is also a way of improving the quality of CIPC’s data and protecting corporate information at our … Continue reading Additional requirements for CC membership changes

What countries are covered by trademark protection?


A trademark registration is only effective in the country in which you file the trademark. regional protection can be applied for under the terms of the CTM (Community Trademark) system, to cover the countries of the European Union and under the Madrid Protocol to cover a series of countries across the world. South Africa intends … Continue reading What countries are covered by trademark protection?

Marks excluded from being registered as a trademark


There are some marks that you just cannot register in South Africa. When deciding on your proposed trademark, please keep in mind that the following exceptions will apply in terms of Section 10 of The Trade Marks Act: Section Provision 10(1) a mark which does not constitute a trade mark 10(2) a mark which is … Continue reading Marks excluded from being registered as a trademark

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

What is the difference between ‘admission’ and ‘disclaimer’ in trademarks?


An admission is normally required where a word that is required for use in the trade by other traders has been miss-spelt in a trade mark, e.g. “soopa” as opposed to “super”. The applicant will be required to admit that he does not obtain any exclusive rights in the word “super”. A disclaimer is required … Continue reading What is the difference between ‘admission’ and ‘disclaimer’ in trademarks?

The life-cycle of copyright


We dealt briefly with copyright here. CIPC elaborates some more: A copyright is an exclusive right granted by law for a limited period to an author, designer, etc. for his/her original work. Works eligible for copyright protection The Copyright Act protects certain classes or categories of works. The following works are eligible for copyright in … Continue reading The life-cycle of copyright

The life-cycle of a trademark


The registration of a trademark is a long, laborious process but a really necessary one - remember, this is one of the building blocks of your brand! Having a strong, registered trademark is akin to having Chuck Norris as your buddy. No-one is going to mess with you and if they try, well we all … Continue reading The life-cycle of a trademark

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