The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission is responsible for the registration of companies, co-operatives and intellectual property rights.
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The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) is an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa. The CIPC was established by the Companies Act, 2008, as a juristic person to function as an organ of state within the public administration, but as an institution outside the public service.
The CIPC is responsible for the following functions:
- Registration of Companies, Co-operatives and Intellectual Property Rights (trademarks, patents, designs and copyright) and maintenance thereof
- To disclose Information on its business registers
- To promote education and awareness of Company and Intellectual Property Law
- To promote compliance with relevant legislation
- Efficiently and effectively enforce relevant legislation
- Monitor compliance with, and contraventions of financial reporting standards, and make recommendations thereto to Financial Reporting Standards Council (FRSC)
- Licensing of Business rescue practitioners
- Report, research and advise the Minister on matters of national policy relating to company and intellectual property law.