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South Africa

Trademark Information

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A trademark is any word, symbol, design or phrase which can stand alone or combined with any of the ones mentioned and which is used to represent the brand, product or company. In South Africa it is not a requirement to register a trademark to use such a representation for a product, but it is highly recommended. Once registered, the holder thereof obtains monopoly rights on its usage for the products or services the mark is registered for. It means that no-one else may use the representation on one of their products or services without an agreement to do so with you as the trademark holder.

If someone uses the representation without your permission or in a way contrary to the agreement with you, you will have the right to take legal steps against the person or entity. It should thus be considered if you are serious about branding. It should be noted that you will have to register the trademark in South Africa first, and can then proceed to register it in other countries. We recommend doing an international trademark search in each of the countries in which you wish file a trademark registration.

In addition it will be important to register the mark for every category in which you want to use it. The registration process is fairly simple, provided you complete the forms correctly. For this you will need the assistance of an intellectual property attorney. Our firm specialises in intellectual property law including patent, copyright, design, and trademark registration. We will complete the forms for you, guide you through the process, conduct the registration, and handle any legal aspects regarding the intellectual property protection.

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South Africa

South Africa

We assist with the filing, prosecution and enforcement of your patent, design, trade mark and plant breeders’ rights in South Africa. Copyright dispute resolution and litigation. Franchise agreements and negotiation. Company registrations. Domain name registration and protection.

Patents in Africa, Trademarks in Africa

File in Africa

Foreign clients who wish to file patent, design and trade mark applications in South Africa and across Africa (including OAPI and ARIPO). Our firm acts as a patent agent as well as a trade mark agent for foreign clients who wish to protect their Intellectual Property in Africa.

World, International Protection

International Protection

Local clients who wish to file and protect patent , design and trade mark applications internationally. Our services include the search, filing and renewal of patents and trade marks in foreign markets such as Australia, China, the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, etc.

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