Defensive Name

Procedure to register a Defensive Name

A Defensive Name is the first step towards registering your business, and is registered at BIPA for the purposes of protecting such name where the defender holds material interest in such a name.

The Name can be defended for an initial period of 2 years and may be renewed for an additional 2 years only. Subsequently the applicant may choose to register a close corporation or a company or cease to defend the name, in which case it becomes available to any other person. A defensive name by law should not be used for trading purposes.

To apply for a Defensive name, submit the application for ‘A Reservation of a Defensive Name’ (CM5) or apply online