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.
Download and complete form CoR10.1;
Include 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
Scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org;
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.