CRF 2018 to be hosted by CIPA of Botswana


The executive have the pleasure in announcing the annual CRF conference to be hosted by the Companies and Intellectual Property Authority of Botswana from 21-25 May 2018. To keep up to date with the latest conference details and developments please visit

Note registrations will be open online (including payment via credit and debit cards) will be available from late January 2018.

For further details contact Mr Conductor Paul Masena

Annual Assembly of ASORLAC

The Annual Assembly of ASORLAC for this year will be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from Monday 20 to Tuesday 21 November 2017.

For further details, members can contact Luis Miguel López Lara via the following address:

Technical Workshop – Pretoria

Reports indicated the technical workshop hosted by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission of South Africa between 23-25 August 2017 was an outstanding success with over 70 attendees. The CRF ExcO would like to thank Rory Voller and his hard working CIPC team for a well organised and attended event.

Photo’s are available here:- click here

UK Companies House announces new Chief Executive

Louise Smyth has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Companies House and The Registrar of Companies for England and Wales effective September 2017.

Louise joins Companies House from a long career at the Intellectual Property Office, including roles as Director of IT, Director of Corporate Services and latterly as Chief Operating Officer.  For the full story click here.

CRF Bursary Scheme announcement

The Executive Committee are pleased to announce a new Conference Assistance Scheme. CRF members can apply for a bursary to help fund conference attendance fees at the annual CRF conference and any CRF related events during the year. The scheme can also be used to assist host jurisdictions in covering costs for speakers at these events.  The annual budget will be up to USD 2,000 per annum.

For full details of the bursary scheme, CLICK HERE.  The bursary application scheme can be found HERE.