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Trade Marks Act 1993 (Act No. 194 of 1993)

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Year of current version:1993
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, Geographical Indications, IP Regulatory Body, Trademarks
Notes:
The notification by South Africa to the WTO under Article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'This Act provides for the registration of trade marks, certification trade marks and collective trade marks. The duration of registration is 10 years, renewable indefinitely. It renders dilution unlawful. Further, it has specific provisions for the protection of wellknown foreign trade marks.
Sections 42 and 43 were notified under the heading Geographical Indications.
Sections 42 and 43 provide for the protection of registered certification trade marks and collective trade marks respectively. Geographical indications may be registered in the form of collective trade marks or in the form of certification trade marks and thus be protected in South Africa.
This Act is in the process of amendment in order to ensure compliance with provisions of the TRIPS Agreement and Article 6ter of the Paris Convention.'
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English

Trade Marks Act 1993 (Act No. 194 of 1993) Trade Marks Act 1993 (Act No. 194 of 1993), Complete document (pdf) [196 KB] Trade Marks Act 1993 (Act No. 194 of 1993), Complete document (htm) [123 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

French

Loi n° 194 de 1993 sur les marques Loi  n° 194 de 1993 sur les marques, Complete document (pdf) [234 KB]

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