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Unauthorised use of CIPC and logo is a criminal offense

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The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has reminded customers the unauthorised use of the words Companies and Intellectual Property Commission or its abbreviation CIPC is a criminal offense for which a fine is payable.

These have been declared prohibited marks under the Merchandise Marks Act of 1941.

These marks may not be used in email addresses, websites, documentation, marketing or any other materials.

“Customers that are using these elements are requested to change their email addresses, website domain names, and remove all elements from the websites, documentation or other material with immediate effect, failure of which CIPC (will) proceed with legal proceedings in order to protect its intellectual property,” says the CIPC in a statement.