Do you have an idea for a new business opportunity but afraid competitors might take your name and ideas? Worry no more as registering a new business or trademark has become very simple with an online system. Registering a trade mark with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) means you are protecting a trademark as your property.
The CIPC system has been there for years, have gone through major improvements recently and now millions of small business owners reserve their company names there every day. Once your name has been registered on the system, you will have the ability to defend the property under the Trade Marks Act, 1993.
How to register for a trademark?
The first step you must take is creating a free account on the CIPC website at www.cipc.co.za. Once you have successfully registered an account, register your own company name, as you may know, at least four different names will be required in order to verify if your name already exist in their record or not.
Remember when registering a business or trademark, it has to serve a particular purpose, add value to customers. If not, your business will not be active and end up closed.
In simple terms, to register a trademark online, please follow these steps:
- Visit www.cipc.co.za and register a free account
- Check availability of your trademark, otherwise reserve the names
- Make payments into the cipc banking account
In case you are still struggling with the system, you are welcome to contact your legal team to apply for this on your behalf. This also gives you the opportunity to make sure documents supplied to you are correct.
Otherwise there are also other institutions that specializes with helping business owners register their trademarks. A fee will be required for the services of course. Such institutions include banks, private companies and so on.