COUNTRY : REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
CAPITAL : CAPE TOWN
LANGUAGE : ENGLISH
MEMBER : PARIS CONVENTION, WTO-TRIPS, BERNE CONVENTION, WIPO,
The IPR aspects of South Africa are administered by the Companies and IP Commission.
It is highly advisable to conduct a search of the proposed mark to ensure that a similar mark has not been applied for by other contenders and is not pending registration or is already registered.
Filing is done with the Trademark office of South Africa.
• Infringement & Opposition Actions
• License and Assignment procedures
• Trademark Watch Services
Once the application is filed, it is examined to ensure all compliances and statutory requisites are met.
Once the application is accepted, the same will be advertised in the official IP Gazette
If there arises no opposition to the registration of the application or, the opposition has been dealt with according to the facts and circumstances therein, the trademark shall be registered and the Certificate of registration issued to the applicant.
Pre-Registraton: Usage of the mark before registration is advantageous since it could help the proposed mark achieve distinctiveness and enable it to become registrable. It could also make a strong case against any person wanting to subsequently register similar marks.
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