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Article written by Juan Fourie (Head of Santam Hospitality)

South Africa’s tourism sector is finally starting to approach pre-pandemic levels. With the surge in bookings and visitors to your establishment, it is important to ensure that your property and staff follow best practices to be properly indemnified against potential liability claims. Even if there is no negligence on the part of your establishment, from a common law perspective, your business may still have an approach from a third party and your policy could then also be called upon for defence of this litigation.

The how, where and what of trade mark registration for SMMEs in South Africa (Part 3): What happens after the initial trade mark application process?

Article written by Ms Fleurette Coetzee (Senior Manager: Trade Marks Division – CIPC) & Mr Sher-Muhammad Khan, Trade Marks Examiner, Trade Marks Division – CIPC)

In the dynamic world of business, safeguarding and protecting your brand (trade mark) is paramount.

This rings especially true in South Africa, where the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) plays a pivotal role in the trade mark registration process. In this last instalment in our series of articles on trade marks and SMMEs, we delve into what unfolds after the initial trade mark application process, shedding light on the subsequent procedures until the point of registration of the trade mark application.

The how, where and what of trade mark registration for SMMES in South Africa (Part 3): Navigating registrability of trade marks

Article written by Ms Fleurette Coetzee (Senior Manager: Trade Marks Division – CIPC) & Mr Sher-Muhammad Khan, Trade Marks Examiner, Trade Marks Division – CIPC)

Securing a trade mark is a pivotal step in establishing your brand identity, especially in South Africa. Broadly speaking, the process involves ensuring that your chosen trade mark is registrable in terms of the provisions of the Trade Marks Act, which mainly requires your chosen trade mark to be capable of distinguishing your goods or services of interest from same or similar goods or services of other persons/ traders, and further that your chosen trade mark does not conflict with prior existing registered trade marks or prior trade mark applications for the same or similar goods or services as those of interest to you.

The how, where and what of trade mark registration for SMMEs in South Africa (Part 2): The trade mark application process

Article written by Ms Fleurette Coetzee (Senior Manager: Trade Marks Division – CIPC) & Mr Sher-Muhammad Khan, Trade Marks Examiner, Trade Marks Division – CIPC)

In this article, we delve into the practical aspects of securing your trade mark rights. Building on the insights shared in Part 1, where we debunked common misconceptions, this article provides a step-by-step breakdown of the trade mark application process tailored for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs).

Whether you're a startup or an established business, understanding the nuances of the trade mark application process is crucial for safeguarding your brand identity and fostering growth.

If you haven't already, be sure to read Part 1 for invaluable insights into dispelling misconceptions surrounding trade mark registration.

The how, where and what of trade mark registration for SMMEs in South Africa: debunking the common misconceptions (Part 1)

Article written by Ms Fleurette Coetzee (Senior Manager: Trade Marks Division - CIPC) & Mr Sher-Muhammad Khan, Trade Marks Examiner, Trade Marks Division - CIPC)

In today's competitive business landscape, protecting your brand is essential for the success and longevity of your Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME). One of the most effective ways to safeguard your brand identity is by applying for the registration of a trade mark.

In this article, we will address common misconceptions surrounding the trade mark application and registration process in South Africa and shed light on why it is imperative for SMMEs to consider this process.

The importance of trade mark protection

Article by Fleurette Coetzee (Senior Manager: Trade Marks Division) and Sher-Muhammad Khan (Trade Marks Examiner, Trade Marks Division)

Trade marks play a crucial role in the economic landscape, and its significance for businesses operating in and from South Africa cannot be overstated.

A trade mark is a distinctive sign or symbol used in the marketplace to identify and differentiate identical or similar goods or services of one trader from those of another. This article explores the importance of trade marks for businesses operating in and from South Africa, highlights the benefits trade marks provide and the role it plays in fostering economic growth. This article also demonstrates why an intellectual property (IP) strategy - which encompasses trade mark protection - is needed by businesses, in addition to a company registration.

The How, Where and What of Trade Mark registration for SMMEs in South Africa

Debunking common misconceptions – Part 1

Article written by Ms Fleurette Coetzee (Senior Manager: Trade Marks Division - CIPC ) & Mr Sher-Muhammad Khan (Trade Marks Examiner, Trade Marks Division - CIPC)

In today's competitive business landscape, protecting your brand is essential for the success and longevity of your Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME). One of the most effective ways to safeguard your brand identity is by applying for the registration of a trade mark.

In this article, we will address common misconceptions surrounding the trade mark application and registration process in South Africa and shed light on why it is imperative for SMMEs to consider this process.

Beneficial Ownership Register following South Africa’s greylisting

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) placed South Africa on its list of counties with strategic anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism activities (AML/CFT), deficiencies. Countries placed on this list, (grey-listed), is subject to increased monitoring, while working actively with the FATF to address the identified deficiencies.

Data protection weak spots businesses must address

Article written by Tracy Burrows (Canon)

Many South African businesses – particularly SMEs – are failing to properly protect sensitive data, putting them at risk of data theft, leaks and penalties.

This is according to Ian Nel, Strategic Planning and Programs Director, Canon South Africa, who says organisations are not gathering, storing or managing sensitive data adequately.

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