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What and Who is CIPC?

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) is a member of DTI group and was established by the Companies Act, 2008 (Act No. 71 of 2008) as a juristic person to function as an organ of state within the public administration, but as an institution outside the public service.

As stated on their website, main functions of the Commission:

  • Registration of Companies, Co-operatives and Intellectual Property Rights (trade marks, patents, designs and copyright) and maintenance thereof;
  • Disclosure of Information on its business registers;
  • Promotion of education and awareness of Company and Intellectual Property Law;
  • Promotion of compliance with relevant legislation;
  • Efficient and effective enforcement of relevant legislation;
  • Monitoring compliance with and contraventions of financial reporting standards, and making recommendations thereto to Financial Reporting Standards Council (FRSC);
  • Licensing of Business rescue practitioners; and
  • Report, research and advise Minister on matters of national policy relating to company and intellectual property law.
Tel 086 100 2472
Fax 086 517 7224
Postal Address P.O. Box 429
Addresses of Service Centres with Self Service Terminals