Earlier in 2019, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) indicated that official fees for South African trade marks, patents and designs were to be increased.

In addition, a distinction was in future to be drawn between small and large entities, insofar as the filing and renewal of trade marks, patents and designs are concerned.

We initially expected that these changes would be effective as from 1 July, but were later advised that the date of implementation was likely to be 1 October 2019. We have now been advised that the changes are on hold indefinitely.

We will keep you apprised of developments in this regard.