Our Expertise We partner with our Clients while providing personalised IP and Commercial law services in the following fields:


Trade marks




Know-How/Trade Secrets

Our Practice Areas


A patent is an exclusive right that is granted by the government through the CIPC for a product or process that is new or shows a new way of doing something or a technical solution to a problem (an inventive step).


In South Africa, protection can be obtained for two types of designs, aesthetic and functional. An aesthetic design protects an appearance of an article. If a product has new and unique features they can be protected with a design registration.


Copyright protection confers exclusive rights to the author or creator and enables them to exclude others from importing, selling or letting, and distribution of a work. In terms of the duration of the protection:

Trade Marks

A trade mark is a mark used or proposed to be used to distinguish the goods or services of a trader from the same kind of goods or services of another trader in the industry.

Domain Names

Domain names are used to identify entities on the internet. Given the prominence of internet and ecommerce, it is advisable that you register a domain names so as to be easily identified on the internet.

Corporate and Commercial law

At Tshaya Mashabela, we have wide ranging experience in commercial and corporate law. Our experts will assist you in the following: (1) assist with selection of the most appropriate entity for specific business;

Our Value Proposition.

  • We partner with and provide personalised services to clients. We do not have one-size fits all solutions.
  • Through our customer-centric approach, we make it our business to understand our clients’ business to ensure that we deliver comprehensive and efficient solutions.
  • We continuously attempt to dispel the myth that IP should be used and be valuable to blue chip companies only. IP is a crucial tool which any company, despite the size, can use to contribute to the success of the company.
  • We ensure that our clients are informed and educated after each engagement they have with the firm.

What Motivates Us

  • IP is still not been seen and treated as an integral part of the business by most organisations. Therefore, the challenge we face is in creating awareness of the importance of IP and corporate and commercial law matters relating to IP. We attempt to address this through continual training that we provide to our clients.
  • IP is a scarce and specialised field which requires extensive on-the-job training .We address this shortage of skills through our recruitment of juniors, whom we mentor to the level where they can contribute to the firm’s success and their personal career development.
  • Tshaya Mashabela Attorneys is motivated by helping small businesses that, through innovation, grow to become blue chip companies. We pride ourselves forming long lasting relationships with these companies and in being able to assist them to navigate commercial and corporate law issues that are in most cases, the downfall of SMEs that lack legal resources.

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Our Clients

Here are some of the clients we have worked with below.

TshayaMashabela : We partner with our Clients