Can the Trade Marks Office gives me any advice on whether my applications would proceed to registration?

It is always advisable that the trade mark be searched before the application is made. This can be done by requesting a special search on payment of a fee of R190.00 payable. However a special search report ONLY indicates if there are prior conflicting marks on the register – it does not indicate whether a mark will be found to be registrable or not during the period of examination. This cannot be advised beforehand – only once the application is examined will an official action be sent to the applicant.

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