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Your Trade Mark...

…one of the first steps in the IP Roadmap and an essential part of your Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio. But why would you need a Trade Mark? Well, you’re working so hard to grow your brand and build your reputation in the community. Wouldn’t you want to protect it from being closely or exactly copied or used by someone else? The quickest and easiest way to protect your brand and reputation is to register your Trade Mark. We can register your Trade Mark for you so sit back and relax…

Done-For-You

Trade Mark Registration

Just complete the paperwork

An application form, power of attorney & FICA documentation

We do all the heavy lifting

We register your Trade Mark for you, so you can sit back and relax

No surprise legal bills

Once-off fee and fixed low rates should you need some extra muscle

Duration: 12 - 18 Months

Estimated duration dependent on the CIPC process

Only

Once-Off

Sign up now and we will register your Trade Mark for you at this seriously low once-off fee! We also offer a highly affordable payment plan.

We’re here to help

We know you want value for money and don’t want to pay the excessively high prices associated with big law firms. We also know some businesses simply do not have the time to follow a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) process to register their Trade Mark. This is why we offer a highly competitive Done-For-You Trade Mark registration service and even provide an affordable payment plan. In fact, IP Braai was born to make legal services and legal education accessible and affordable to ALL South African Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners.

The Process:

Step1: Start here

  • You compete our basic application form
  • You supply your power of attorney and FICA documentation
  • We conduct a commercial Trade Mark Search:
    • Scenario 1: No registered Trade Mark found, we proceed to file your Trade Mark
    • Scenario 2: Confusingly similar Trade Mark found, we advise on the best way forward*

Step2: Examination

  • Within 6-12 Months, we receive the Registrar’s Examination Report
  • We consider the outcome and report on our findings:
    • Scenario 1: Unconditional acceptance, Oh-yeah! We proceed to the next phase.
    • Scenario 2: Specific requirements set by the Registrar, we fulfill them*
    • Scenario 3: Provisional refusal, we advise on the best way forward*

Step3: Opposition

  • We Receive the Notice of Acceptance from the Registrar once in compliance
  • We publish your Trade Mark in the Patents and Trade Mark Journal
  • A compulsory 3 Month opposition term follows to allow for 3rd party opposition:
    • Scenario 1: No opposition, Booyah! We Proceed to the next phase
    • Scenario 2: A 3rd party opposition is lodged, We advise on the best way forward*

Step4: Certification of Grant

  • We obtain your certificate of grant and follow up with CIPC if required
  • We check and request corrections if necessary
  • We dispatch your certificate of grant via registered mail
  • Congratulations, your Trade Mark is registered and you enjoy exclusive use thereof!
  • The total Trade Mark registration period is around 12-18 Months (CIPC dependent)

*Additional IP Braai fees only apply when your Trade Mark application requires some extra muscle.

Please see the fees guide below.

Frequently asked questions

Perhaps 12 – 18 Months sounds like a big commitment. Or maybe you want some assurance that this will work for you, before you sign up.  Well, if you already have a business or product name you would like to register as a Trade Mark, you can do your own free Trade Mark search to check if your business or product name is still available, by following 3 easy steps. Or learn more about Trade Mark fundamentals.

We take care of everything, all you have to do is to complete the paperwork. We even provide preliminary guidance and recommendations before we file your Trade Mark application to ensure you have the best chance of successful registration. You will also be kept in the loop with regards to the progress of your Trade Mark application.

Maybe you have more than one business or you have more than one product name you would like to register as Trade Marks. Perhaps you would like to register your business name as well as your logo. Well, your first Trade Mark is included in the once off fee of R4700 but all subsequent Trade Marks registrations 1 are drastically discounted. Please see the fees guide below for more detail.

No prior skills are required. You will only need to complete our basic application form and email it together with the Power of Attorney and FICA documents. Then relax and leave the rest to us. If you are interested, you can learn more about Trade Mark fundamentals.

Trade Mark registration is dependent on the CIPC process whether you follow the DIY Trade Mark Registration route or the Done For You Trade Mark Registration route. The CIPC service turnaround times are available on the CIPC website.

CIPC (Companies and Intellectual Property Commission) is a statutory body within the public administration and is the only way to register a Trade Mark whether you use a big law firm, or do it yourself. Some of the main functions of CIPC are the registration of companies, co-operatives and Intellectual Property (IP) Rights such as Trade Marks, Patents, Designs and Copyright as well as the maintenance thereof.

We know legal fee structures get very complicated and you often feel mislead. This is why we keep it as simple and transparent as possible. You only pay a once off fixed fee of R4700 for your Done-For-You Trade Mark registration, except in the following cases and depending how you wish to proceed – you remain in control:

  • If you require additional Trade Mark(s) to be registered 1,
  • If the Registrar does not accept your Trade Mark application unconditionally 2,
  • Or if a 3rd party opposes your Trade Mark application 3.

Please see the fees guide below for more detail or get in touch by completing the contact form.

We understand the cash-flow challenges during business startup which is why we offer a highly affordable payment plan for Done-for-You Trade Mark registration. We truly strive to make legal services and legal education accessible to all South African Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners. This payment plan is structured as a 25% deposit followed by 12 equal monthly installments. The Deposit is payable on acceptance of Trade Mark registration quotation and the installments are payable on the first day of the month starting on the month after quotation acceptance.

Please see the fees guide below for more detail or get in touch by completing the contact form.

Yes! If at any time you change your mind about registering your Trade Mark, you can cancel the process, no questions asked. You will be refunded for the portion of the process we did not complete. You will however also lose out on all the added benefits of subscribing with us.

If you have been using your business or product name for a long time and it is important that you keep it, we might be able to assist in contesting the registered Trade Mark. If you are in the business startup phase, and you have the opportunity to change your business or product name, we’ll guide you in choosing a name you can Trade Mark. For some piece of mind, you can do your own free Trade Mark search to check if your business or product name is still available by following 3 easy steps.

No, unfortunately not. The success of your Trade Mark registration is dependent on the CIPC process. We do however make every effort to ensure you have the best chance of successful registration. Typical reasons for unsuccessful registration include:

  • The Registrar does not unconditionally accept your application in Step 2 and you decide to cancel the registration or,
  • You receive 3rd party opposition in Step 3 and you decide to cancel the registration.

In all such instances, we will assess the situation and advise on the best way forward.

Do you have any other questions? Feel free to get in touch by completing the contact form below.

Are you ready?

Once-Off

Sign up now and we will register your Trade Mark for you at this seriously low once-off fee! We also offer a highly affordable payment plan.

Fees Guide

Signing up for the Done-For-You Trade Mark registration, you will not pay the CIPC official fees.

To register your Trade Mark, you only pay a once-off fixed fee or follow our highly affordable payment plan.  Additional fees only apply in the following cases and depend on how you wish to proceed:

  • If you require additional Trade Mark(s) to be registered 1
  • If the Registrar does not accept your Trade Mark application unconditionally 2
  • Or if a 3rd party opposes your Trade Mark application 3
CIPC Official Fees *IP Braai Fixed Fees

Step 1: Trade Mark Application

Trade Mark search

Free

R800

Trade Mark application

R590

R3250

The same Trade Mark in an additional class 1

R590

R1500

Additional Trade Mark in the same class 1

R590

R2000

Step 2: Trade Mark Prosecution (only if required)

Considering and reporting on an official action

N/A

R800

Entering an Association (per mark) 2

R20

R500

Entering a Disclaimer Admission / other endorsement (per mark) 2

R20

R600

Prosecution (required only if you applied for a hearing) 2

N/A

R1500 / hour

Obtaining an Extension of prosecution term (per mark) 2

R20

R600

Step 3: Opposition

Publish in the Patents and Trade Mark Journal

R90

R650

Litigation (required only to overcome an opposition) 3

N/A

R1500 / hour

Step 4: Certification of Grant

Receive, verify and dispatch Certificate of Grant

N/A

R150

HAve any questions?

Check out the Done-For-You Trade Mark FAQs. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us by completing the form below.

We also appreciate any feedback helping us improve and better serve our community.