Early in 2010, Entrepreneur and Artist, Claire Last, created a work of art – blue, green and white abstract acrylic on canvas, entitled “Angleye”. It reflected smooth brush strokes of circular and blended colour. This is a photo of the piece: It can be viewed on Claire’s Facebook page. Later in 2010, Claire created a sheer-angle logo from Angleye which looked like this: and from a sideways perspective, like this: which she began to use on her CORP website www.corp.co.za as the corporation’s signature logo. In 2009, Claire had registered and owned the domain name www.cipc.co.za, which directed people to her company and intellectual property corporation site. Claire and CORP are well known to CIPRO – CIPC, being one of their most prominent clients for some 20 years now. CIPRO officials have even visited Claire at the CORP offices in Somerset West to investigate her operations and have discussions with her. By October 2010, it had became apparent to Claire that CIPRO who was changing its name to CIPC would be needing the domain www.cipc.co.za, so she relinquished the name and CIPRO snapped it up and started using it. But that is not the only thing they started using which belonged to Claire. To go along with their new domain name www.cipc.co.za, they designed a logo based on Claire’s CORP logo. To refresh, Claire’s CORP logo which she has been using on her website since 2010 looks like this: and and CIPC’s new logo appeared on their site on 1 May 2011 like this: So not only did CIPRO take Claire’s www.cipc.co.za domain name but they stole her logo concept and colours. What else did CIPC steal from their clients and appropriate for their own illegal use? Take a look at the CELL C logo below: This CELL C logo with characteristic copyright symbol “©” was in use by CELL C before CIPC stole their concept and put it into their logo. In fact CIPRO objected to CELL C’s trademark application containing the copyright symbol “©”, supposedly because of the symbol’s wide and general usage, and then promptly went ahead and used the concept themselves! By the way, a trademark application with the endorsement claiming combined use of “CELL” and “©” in a particular class, and disclaiming separate use of “CELL” or “©” with other words should carry no such inherent objection. So, CIPC, the exemplar and custodian of the nation’s Intellectual Property, on the eve of its new birth from the corrupt, incompetent and defunct CIPRO, into the new creation of a Companies Commission – CIPC, wrested and stole from two of the nation’s shining lights, Intellectual Property belonging to them, combined it without much originality, creativity or style and proceeded to use it without compunction, fear of reprisal or even a pricking of conscience.