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The Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) is mandated to register businesses and protect intellectual property rights through the administration of four (4) pieces of legislation namely;

CIPA Overview

The Companies Act (CAP 42:01), which provides for the incorporation of companies; registration of post incorporation returns and notices; monitoring of post incorporation returns and reservation of company names.

Registration of Business Names Act (CAP 42:05), which provides for registration of business names and post registration notices such as change of ownership and cessation of businesses.

Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act, (CAP.68:02) which provides for the protection of the rights of authors, artists and creators, as well as protection of their literary and artistic creations, which are generally referred to as “works”.  These works include novels, poems, plays, films, musical works, and artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures.

Industrial Property Act, (CAP.68:03) which provides for the protection of industrial property rights in relation to patents, trademarks, utility model certificates, industrial designs, traditional knowledge, layout designs of integrated circuits, geographical indications and handicrafts.

The Authority is headed by the Registrar General who oversees the operations of all divisions of the Authority and ensures that it achieves the mandate for which it was set up.

Botswana is represented by CIPA at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO), as well as the Corporate Registers Forum. 

CIPA History

Formerly the Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property (ROCIP), The Companies and Intellectual Property   Authority (CIPA) was established by an Act of Parliament in 2011 (Companies and Intellectual Property Authority Act, (Cap. 42:13) to promote and enable full  protection of the rights of investors and right holders obtained under the Companies Act, Registration of Business Names Act, Industrial Property Act and Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act.

CIPA is now a Parastatal Body with Government under the parent Ministry of Trade and Industry. 

Quick Facts

  • CIPA is a Parastatal under the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
  • We register Companies and Business Names.
  • We register trademarks, geographical indications, and industrial designs.
  • We grant patents and utility model certificates.
  • We protect rights holders of traditional knowledge and handicrafts.
  • We aim to combat Copyright Infringement and piracy in Botswana
  • We strive to give feedback within 5 working days or less on most services.
  • We give back to the Creative Industry through the Levy on Technical Devices Fund. 
Companies that were registered in June (before 2020) must file their annual return by the 30th June 2020
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