Cipro (Companies & Intellectual Property Registration Office) has partned with economic role-players in all the provinces to extend its service countrywide. It has also extended its offerings to showcase South Africans' intellectual property around the world.

"The economic crunch is making business difficult but registering a cc or a co-operative may be your answer to economic success,” says Keith Sendwe, CEO of Cipro.
He adds that there are 24 356 registered co-operative on Cipro's database, and 150 773 new cc registrations have been received during the first half of the year.
Cipro is also mandated to help protect companies' and individuals' intellectual property rights. “Cipro has assisted countless entrepreneurs in protecting their IP and turning their ideas into viable business opportunities. We protect all four domains of IP, namely patents, designs, trade marks and copyright,” explains Sendwe.
Cipro has also recognised the need to showcase local talent on an international forum. “We have signed an agreement with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) according to which all South African patents will be scanned and posted onto the WIPO website under the ‘National Collections’ link. This will form part of the PatentScope search facility on the WIPO site: www.wipo.int,” explains Sendwe.
This means South African patents will no longer be confined to South African borders, he adds.