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International Trademark Search

International Trademark Search

International Trademark Search websites for Europe, U.S, Australia, ARIPO, China and South Africa. A word or mark that distinguishes your goods / services from the goods / services of others is...

Registered Trademark Symbol

Registered Trademark Symbol

® and ™ are the two symbols commonly used to indicate trademarks. ® is used as the registered trademark symbol and ™ is used for marks that have not been registered. The registered trademark...

Madrid System

Madrid System

The Madrid system is the primary international system for facilitating the registration of trade marks in multiple jurisdictions around the world. Its legal basis is the multilateral treaty Madrid...

Trademark Applications

Trademark Applications

Trademark Applications represent marks which distinguishes your goods or services from goods or services of others. Trademark applications in terms of the South African Trade Marks Act No 194...

The Trademark Symbol ™ ®

The Trademark Symbol ™ ®

Trade Mark™ The trademark symbol for unregistered trademarks is designated by the letters TM written in superscript style. In practice it will look like this: Product™ . It is used directly after...

International Trademark Search

Trademark a Company Name

Do not mistake the registration of a company with that of registering a trademark. It is possible to register a company in South Africa without registering the trademark. It is recommended that you...

International Trademark Search

How to Register a Trade Mark

Register a trade mark that uniquely identifies and distinguishes the products and services for which it is used. You can register a trade mark under the regulations of the South African Trade...

International Trademark Search

Trademark Registration

Trademark registration is done to ensure that the products for which registrations are completed are uniquely marked and distinguishable from that of competitors. The benefits of trademark...

Trademark Attorneys Qualification

Trademark Attorneys Qualification

The Trademark Attorneys qualification is a statutory qualification under control of the Patent Examination Board. An Attorney who has this qualification is entitled to register and practice as a...

Domain Name Disputes

Domain Name Disputes

Domain name disputes occur when someone registers a domain name similar to that of someone else’s trademark. It is common practice for a business to register its trademark as a domain name in...

International Trademark Search

Handelsmerke

Handelsmerke is nie die vrug van die hedendaagse samelewing nie. Dit het reeds jare gelede die gebruik geword om handelsmerke op items te plaas om sodoende die oorsprong van die items aan te...

When Trademarks overlap with other IP rights

When Trademarks overlap with other IP rights

Trademarks overlap with other IP rights everywhere - whether registration, enforcement or commercialization. Trademark practitioners need to achieve a solid understanding of the many opportunities...

Rooibos Trade Mark Dispute

Rooibos Trade Mark Dispute

Once again South Africa finds itself in a dispute over the Rooibos Geographical Indication trademark. A French company is trying to register the trademark "Rooibos" in France, and will be able to do...

Polo Trademarks

Polo Trademarks

Ralph Lauren Polo and South African Polo are two different brands owned by two different companies and they are not affiliated with each other. The Ralph Lauren brand is an...

Non-conventional Trademarks

Non-conventional Trademarks

A non-conventional or nontraditional trademark is a type of trademark which does not belong to any pre-existing or conventional trademark category. Non-conventional trademarks are often difficult to...

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