Companies Intellectual Properties Registration Office (CIPRO)
Type of CompanyDescription
Business Support Services
Tshwane, Gauteng, South Africa
Keith Sendwe, Chief Executive Officer
South Africa’s formal economy is built on the trade of goods and services by public and private companies, close corporations, cooperatives and even Section 21 (not-for-profit) companies and organisations. These are all formal business entities that have been registered and are acknowledged by the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (CIPRO).
Because these businesses are registered, they are given permission to trade within our economy and are obliged to adhere to the trade and industry laws that regulate them. What they receive in return is the opportunity to participate in a growing economy, to share in the wealth that is created when people and organisations trade their goods and services with one another, and a chance to become prosperous and create a better life for themselves, their families and their communities.
CIPRO, therefore, acts as every South African’s gateway to formal economic participation. This is where you make sure that your business entity is registered, so that you can be timeously informed of industry issues and legislation that may have an impact on the future of your business.
CIPRO also assists in registering and therefore protecting a business’s or individual’s rights when it comes to intellectual property. Intellectual property has four domains, namely designs, trademarks, patents and copyright – all of which are protected by law.
A design is a unique shape, form, appearance, pattern and configuration of a product or article that can be registered as either an aesthetic or a functional design. A trademark is a brand name (word or combination of words), a slogan (short phrase or sentence) or a logo (distinctive picture) that identifies the services or goods of one person and distinguishes it from those of another. Only registered trademarks can be protected by law and CIPRO is the administrator of South Africa’s Register of Trademarks.
A copyright is an exclusive right granted by the law to the author of literacy, artistical or musical works. A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. Patents are registered with CIPRO and published in The Patent Journal by the Government Printers.
CIPRO was the first member company of the dti group to achieve ISO 9001 Certification, which means that all CIPRO’s processes and procedures can be measured according to set standards.
The ISO 9001 Certification also links directly with CIPRO’s decentralisation process – the same professional level of service is available throughout all provinces. CIPRO does not have ‘registered agents’, as so many individuals and organisations claim to be, but rather these decentralised partners that can assist customers in registering their business entities more efficiently.
The following service providers have been contracted by CIPRO to assist you with the processing of your business registration: the South African Post Office (SAPO), Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda), Limpopo Business Support Agency (LIBSA), the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP), the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT, Western Cape) and Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN).
0861 843 384
0861 843 888
The Dti campus (Block F - Entfutfukweni), 77 Meintjies Street, Sunnyside
PO Box 429, Pretoria 0001