A defensive name may be registered for a period of two years and may be renewed for a further two years.  The applicant must provide proof to the Commission that he/she has a direct and material interest in the protection of the name.


It must be noted and taken into cognisance that a Defensive name can be transferred to another person or company.  It can also be used or utilized to serve as a company name prior to its two year expiry period. 

Application for a defensive name registration must be lodged manually.

To register a defensive name, follow these steps:

Register as a Customer

To view information on how to register as a customer, click here.  If you are already registered as a customer, and know your customer code and password, proceed to step 2.

Deposit funds

Deposit R250 into the CIPC bank account.  For the bank account details, click here.

icons-print.pngDownload and complete form CoR10.1;
icons-doc.pngInclude evidence of a direct and material interest in the name, e.g.

    • Full particulars of the period of use of the name
    • Particulars of sales and advertisements and labels used and
    • A statement that as a result of the use of the name it has become well-known and that the general public will probably assume that all goods or services bearing the name, or all services rendered under that name, derive from the applicant
  • Sign the forms, attach certified copies of the Identity Documents of the applicant

icons-upload.pngScan and email to namereservationsandregistrations@cipc.co.za;

Click here for the CIPC service standards.  Service Standard is dependent on payment for the transaction being made.

Click here to lodge a enquiry.

Important:  Queries relating to  transactions already lodged should only be submitted once the Service Turnaround Time has lapsed.

Transfer of a Defensive Name

Important:  Transfer of a defensive name must be accompanied by satisfactory evidence that the transferee has a direct material interest in the name.