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Trademark Shapes

Trademark Shapes

In order to trademark shapes your mark needs to consist of a three-dimensional shape. It is typically considered a non-traditional trade mark.  Other non-traditional trade marks include...

Domain Names

Domain Names

In simple terms, a domain name is the address through which internet users can access a website, for example, www.companyname.co.za or www.companyname.africa or www.companyname.com. Although these...

Trademark Shapes

First to Use

This means that the first person / entity that actually made use of the mark in connection with the goods and/or services for which they’re applying, will obtain registration and may prevent others...

First to File

First to File

This means that the first person or entity that applies for a trade mark, will obtain registration and may prevent others from using it.  This person / entity will have the rights thereto,...

Trademark Registration in Malaysia

Trademark Registration in Malaysia

Malaysia’s intellectual property laws generally conform with international standards and provide adequate protection for trade mark owners. The establishment of the Intellectual...

Trademark Registration in the U.S

Trademark Registration in the U.S

Trade mark rights in the United States are established through use, thus the person or company that first and continuously uses a mark inside the U.S. is the one who will have preferential rights...

Trademark Registration in India

Trademark Registration in India

Trademark Registration in India often feature in the news for the slow progress of cases, loss of files and mass abandonment of applications. However, this has begun to change and in the last few...

First to File

Trademarking

As an entrepreneur or business owner, trademarking your name and/or logo is crucial to protecting your intellectual property from infringement. A trade mark is a recognisable sign, design, or...

First to File

Trade Mark Registrations and Information

Trade Mark registrations provides wide-ranging protection against infringement of your brand. A trade mark is typically a word, name, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, or a combination of these...

Trademark Registration in China

Trademark Registration in China

China is a first to file country and whomever first files a particular trade mark gets the rights. China recognises the goods and services classes from the Nice Classification and allows for...

First to File

Trademark Colors

How to Trademark Colors in South Africa Is it possible to trademark colors? Yes, the South African Trade Marks Act specifically provides for the registration of non-conventional trademarks, such as...

First to File

Logo Trademark Registration

A logo may be registered as a trademark to prevent competitors from using it (logo trademark registration). A trademark is a mark which distinguishes your goods and/or services from goods and/or...

Register Business Name

Register Business Name

Register a Company If you would like your business to transact in the formal sector, or wish to access government support, you are required to register a company with the Companies and Intellectual...

First to File

How to File a Trademark

A registered trademark represents the mark that distinguishes your products / services from others. Trademarks are filed with the intellectual property...

Trademark Registration in South Africa

Trademark Registration in South Africa

A trademark registration in South Africa is filed with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) in Pretoria, together with details of the applicant, details of the trademark,...

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