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Designs Act 1993 (Act No. 195 of 1993)

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Date of entry into force of original text:May 1, 1995
Date of Text (Enacted):December 22, 1993
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Industrial Designs, IP Regulatory Body, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits
Notes:
The notification by South Africa to the WTO under article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'This Act provides for the registration and protection of industrial designs. Industrial designs are divided into aesthetic designs and functional designs. Functional designs include integrated circuits topography and mask works. The duration of design rights is 15 years for aesthetic designs and 10 years for functional designs.
This Act is in the process of amendment. Said amendments are aimed at ensuring complete compliance with the provisions of the TRIPS Agreement and to correct, clarify and amplify certain of its provisions.'
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English

Designs Act 1993 (Act No. 195 of 1993) Designs Act 1993 (Act No. 195 of 1993), Complete document (pdf) [146 KB] Designs Act 1993 (Act No. 195 of 1993), Complete document (htm) [100 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

French

Loi n° 195 de 1993 sur les dessins et modèles Loi n° 195 de 1993 sur les dessins et modèles, Complete document (pdf) [181 KB]

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