Trademarks distinguish your goods or services from others and are registered in terms of the South African Trade marks Act No 194 of 1993.  Trade Mark registrations are subject to certain requirements and should be renewed indefinitely, thereby ensuring the continuity of your brand. To ensure that the buying public does not confuse your brand with those of your competitors, registering a trade mark is the most cost-effective way of protecting your name and reputation.

South Africa Trademarks
Once a trademark is registered in South Africa, it needs to be renewed every 10 years. Provided you continue renewing your registered trade mark in South Africa, your rights to the trade mark may last indefinitely. For more information regarding trade marks in South Africa, please visit our trade marks page.

Trademark Registrations in Africa

ARIPO Trademarks
Requires the applicant to choose the specific member states where protection is required: Botswana · Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) · Lesotho · Liberia · Malawi · Namibia · Sierra Leone · Sudan · Tanzania · Uganda · Zambia · Zimbabwe

OAPI Trademarks
A single application automatically covers all member states: Benin · Burkina Faso · Cameroon · Central African Republic · Chad · Congo · Côte d’Ivoire · Gabon · Guinea · Guinea-Bissau · Equatorial Guinea · Mali · Mauritania · Niger · Senegal · Togo.