Free Trademark Check!

To make things a bit more affordable, we now offer a FREE trademark exact check. Your word mark will be checked against the official records...yes, for FREE! Click here and follow the simple instructions. Play nice: One trademark and one class per query - anything else will find a swift dustbin death. The trademark may consist … Continue reading Free Trademark Check!

Applications for non-traditional trademarks

Here are the promised guidelines when applying for non-traditional trademarks: Three-dimensional marks *a single view of the representation of a three-dimensional mark will be accepted, provided it is possible to determine the three-dimensional nature from the single view. *the trademark as advertised must correspond with the trademark as depicted in the application form, i.e. all … Continue reading Applications for non-traditional trademarks

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

Glossary – Certificate of Registration

The certificate issued by CIPC stating that a trademark has officially been registered. Following receipt of this certificate, the owner of the registered trademark may legally affix the ® symbol to those goods and/or services covered in the application leading to registration. The owner may also take advantage of all the other benefits of official … Continue reading Glossary – Certificate of Registration

What are class and classifications in trademarks?

CLASS AND CLASSIFICATION Products ("goods") and services are organised by CIPC according to specific categories, or "classes." If you wish to use a trademark to cover more than a single product or service, and those products or services fall into more than a single class (for example, motorcycles and clothing) additional fees are required for … Continue reading What are class and classifications in trademarks?

How long does a trademark registration last?

Registrations granted have a 10-year term. Trademarks can be renewed for additional 10-year terms. There is no limit to the number of times a trademark can be renewed, as long as use of the mark by its owner continues.