SOUTH AFRICA: Trademark Applications

✓  Paris Convention
✘  Madrid System

Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
Scanned copy of simply signed Power of Attorney (no notarization or legalization required).

Priority Documents
If applicable: copy of home application, certified by the relevant Trademarks Office as a true copy thereof.

Details of the Applicant
Full names.
Physical address.
Nationality / country of incorporation.

Details of the Trade Mark(s)
Word mark or logo.
If the trademark is a logo, please send electronically.
Details of colours claimed, if applicable.

List of goods and/or services

Details of priority Application, if applicable:
Filing Date.

Further Information

The International Classification of Goods and Services is followed.
Multi-class applications are possible: 1 application covers 1 trademark in any number of classes.

Time Frames
Formal search: 5 – 7 business days
From filing up to registration: 24 – 36 months
Opposition period: 3 Months from publication
Duration: 10 years from filing date and renewable for further periods of 10 years

The formal search is conducted directly in the official trademarks register.
Applications are examined for formal and substantial requirements and conflict with prior registrations and pending applications.
Accepted trademarks will be published for opposition purposes.
If no opposition is filed, the registration certificate will be issued.

South Africa Trade Mark Agents

Smit & van Wyk, Inc. trademark agents in Africa: Our services include trademark applications, maintenance and protection in South Africa. The patent and trademark attorneys at our firm are dedicated individuals, skilled in their fields of practice, and can provide clear advice on complex legal matters to clients from all over the world.