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.  Use your customer code

Deposit funds

  • Deposit the application fee of R590  in respect of every class and every trade mark in respect of which an application is lodged into the CIPC bank account using your customer code as reference. For the bank account details, click here.
  • The prescribed fee must reflect in your CIPC customer account on or before the date that you apply for the special search or new trade mark application. Use your customer code as reference when depositing money into the CIPC bank account.


Please note that you have to file a separate trade mark application for each international class of goods or services for which you would like to use your trade mark. For example, if you manufacture and also sell cars, you have to lodge two trade mark applications:

    • One in class 12 for manufacturing of motor vehicles; and
    • One in class 35 for selling of motor vehicle

Conduct a Search

In order to conduct a search, you can request a special search from CIPC, or you can conduct a cursory e-search yourself.

Request a Special Search (optional)

The purpose of a special (preliminary) search in the Trade Marks Register is to determine the existing prior rights in an identical or confusingly similar trade mark which could prevent your trade mark from being registered.  A special search is not mandatory but will help you to determine if the mark you may wish to use is indeed available to you.

  • You may apply on a form TM2 for a special (preliminary) search in the Trade Marks Register
  • The form TM2 must be completed as shown on the SAMPLE TM2.
  • Deposit R190.00 for a special search in respect of  each separate class/es, if  you require a special search to be conducted.
  • The  original  form TM2 must be submitted to CIPC  via post, or courier services, or placed in the drop box outside the CIPC office at the dti Campus, 77 Meintjies Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria.

e-Searching

  • You may conduct a cursory search of the Trade Marks Register to determine if the mark you may wish to use is available to you.
  • This search facility only provides basic search information.
  • This search facility is free of charge.

 

New trade mark applications may be lodged manually or electronically.

MANUAL APPLICATION


  • Complete form TM1.. The original form TM1 must be submitted to CIPC  via post, or courier services, or placed in the drop box outside the CIPC office at the dti Campus, 77 Meintjies Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria.
  • When applying for a trade mark, please note that you have to file a separate trade mark application for each international class of goods or services for which you would like to use your trade mark. For example, if you manufacture and also sell cars, you have to lodge two trade mark applications:
    • One in class 12 for manufacturing of motor vehicles; and
    • One in class 35 for selling of motor vehicle.
  • To identify the correct class for goods or services, view the International Classification of Goods and Services. Alternatively, contact the CIPC Office for assistance. Our staff will be able to assist you to identify the correct class/es for your goods and/or services.
  • Indicate the class in Field 51 of form TM1.
  • Indicate all the goods and/or services for which you would like to use the trade mark in Field 57 of form TM1.
  • Take care not to put goods or services belonging in different classes on one trade mark application form. If you do so, your application will not be processed and will be returned to you requesting you to indicate the goods/services of interest for one class only, and also advising you to lodge further applications for the additional class/es.
  • Field 74 of form TM1 "address for service" is the address at which you will be receiving all the communications from the Office. Please be sure to inform the Office by requesting "a change of address for service" on form TM2 in case this address changes. The address for service MUST at all times be an address within the Republic of South Africa.
  • For further assistance, view SAMPLE TM1.
  • Should your application comply with all the formal requirements, and the required official fee has been received by the Office, the application will be allocated an application date and an official application number. All communications with the Office should at all times include the application number as reference.
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION


  • To lodge a new trade mark application electronically, click here.
  • When applying for a trade mark, please note that you have to file a separate trade mark application for each international class of goods or services for which you would like to use your trade mark. For example, if you manufacture and also sell cars, you have to lodge two trade mark applications:
    • One in class 12 for manufacturing of motor vehicles; and
    • One in class 35 for selling of motor vehicle.
  • To identify the correct class for goods or services, view the International Classification of Goods and Services. Alternatively, contact the CIPC Office for assistance. Our staff will be able to assist you to identify the correct class/es for your goods and/or services.
  • Take care not to put goods or services belonging in different classes on one trade mark application form. If you do so, your application will not be processed and will be returned to you requesting you to indicate the goods/services of interest for one class only, and also advising you to lodge further applications for the additional class/es.
  • "Address for service" is the address at which you will be receiving all the communications from the Office. Please be sure to inform the Office by requesting "a change of address for service" on form TM2 in case this address changes. The address for service MUST at all times be an address within the Republic of South Africa.
  • Should your application comply with all the formal requirements, and the required official fee has been received by the Office, the application will be allocated an application date and an official application number. All communications with the Office should at all times include the application number as reference.

Classification of Goods and Services