SOUTH AFRICATrademark Applications

Nice Classification ✓
Madrid System ✘
Multi-class Applications ✘

Trade Mark 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.

Trade Mark Filing Information

The International Classification of Goods and Services is followed.
Multi-class applications are not possible: 1 application covers 1 trademark.

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 is a First to Use country.
(whomever first USES the mark gets the rights)

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.