Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)
CIPC 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.