What is the meaning of CIPC?

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)

OverviewCIPC 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.

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.

Important Notice to Customers

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CommissionerAdv. Rory Voller
Enabling ActCompanies Act, 2008 (Act 71 of 2008)
Tel086 100 2472
Fax086 517 7224
Postal AddressP.O. Box 429
Addresses of Service Centres with Self Service Terminalshttp://www.cipc.co.za/index.php/Access/cipc-self-service-centres-and-partner-sites/