Register your South Africa trademark with Tannet, to prevent your competitors from using it. Applications can be lodged in 45 different classes, depending on the goods and/or services for which the trade mark will be used. Details of the international classification system, the Nice Classification System, can be obtained on the World Intellectual Property Organization’s website.
The intellectual property office in South Africa is known as the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC). The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) was created as a result of a merger between the Office of Companies and Intellectual Property Enforcement and the Companies and Intellectual Property registration Office, OCIPE and CIPRO respectively.
South Africa trademark may consist of words, designs, letters, numerals or packaging, slogans, devices, symbols, hologram, sound, etc. To be entitled to protection, there are basically two main characteristics that a trademark should have: it must be distinctive and it should not be deceptive.
South Africa Trademark Registration Requirements
It is important for all South Africa trademarks to be capable of being represented graphically and to be unique and distinctive against the marks of others. If a trademark has already been used in South Africa is will not be possible to register the trademark and gain exclusive rights over it. If the mark is available, and in the following format – words, letters, shapes, ornamentation, colours, names or designs, or a combination thereof, the mark is likely to gain registration.
South Africa trademark Registration
The validity period of a South Africa trademark is 10 years and can be renewed every 10 years thereafter provided the mark has been used in compliance with the relevant trademark law in South Africa. Under South Africa trademark law, trademarks which have not been used for a specified period of time will be removed and all rights revoked from the owner.
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