DIY Trademark

As an alternative to us conducting a trademark registrability search for R2,500 (excl vat) and registering your trademark for R3,450 (excl vat), below is a DIY guide on how to file your own trademark:

  • Classify your goods/service using our classification table.
  • (Optional) Complete form TM2 to request our Trademark Office to conduct a preliminary search. Submit this form together with payment of R190 to CIPC (DTI campus, Block F, 77 Meintjies Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria). A separate form and payment must be made in respect of each class searched. The search will take about 4 weeks. Please note that, this search is far less comprehensive than the registrability search conducted by our trademark attorney. Alternatively, use the free Iptica trademark search facility (see below).
  • When you've satisfied yourself that your mark is registrable, open an account with CIPC and file your trademark via the CIPC e-filing system. The cost to file a trademark via the CIPC e-filing system is R590. Within a couple of days of filing, you will receive a trademark filing receipt by email.
  • Should the CIPC trademark examiner have objections regarding the trademark application, you will receive an office action, to which you will need to respond within 3 months.
  • Wait ±12 months for your trademark to be accepted, and arrange for publication in the South African Trademarks Journal. After publication, your trademark may be opposed for a period of 3 months. If opposed, this will need to be defended. If unopposed, your trademark will be registered and a certified copy of your granted trademark will be sent to you by mail.
  • Insert a reminder in your diary to renew the trademark by the 10th anniversary of the filing date.

Suggestion: Conduct free trademark searches and file your trademark online through Iptica’s South African trademark registration system for only US$80. Iptica completes the forms, files the trademark and manages the trademark process through to grant. Thereafter, your trademark will automatically be added to the PayAnnuity renewal system – South Africa’s most affordable online trademark annuity system.

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