following information is supplied for the convenience of
our clients or potential clients and is to be considered
as a brief and simplified outline only regarding details
concerning a South African Trademark application and matters
Procedure for obtaining trademark protection in South Africa
The process for obtaining trademark protection begins by
filing a trademark application at the South African Trademarks
Office in Pretoria.
definition of a "mark" given in the South African Trademark
Act includes any sign capable of being represented graphically,
including a device, name, signature, word, letter, numeral,
shape, configuration, pattern, ornamentation, colour or
container for goods of any combination of the aforesaid.
a trade mark is defined as a mark used or proposed to be
used by a person in relation to goods or services for the
purpose of distinguishing the goods or services in relation
to which the mark is used or proposed to be used from the
same kinds of goods or services connected in the course
of trade with any other person.
the registration of trademarks, the register is divided
into a number of classes, namely thirty-four classes for
goods, and eleven for services. It is important to note
that a separate application must be filed in each class
for which protection is sought.
click on the title "Foreign
Trademark applications" for more information, in this
of 2008, our charges for preparing and filing a South African
trademark application are from R4 500 per application. Where
a trademark is to be filed in more than one class which
necessitates multiple applications, discount is applicable
per subsequent application.