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Trade Marks Act, 1993 (Act No. 194 of 1993), South Africa


Latest Version in WIPO Lex This text has been amended and a consolidated version is not yet available in WIPO Lex.  See Related Legislation / Is amended by below
Year of Version 1993 Dates Commenced: May 1, 1995 Published: January 5, 1994 Assented: December 22, 1993 Type of Text Main IP Laws Subject Matter Trademarks, Geographical Indications 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.'

Available Texts Main text(s) Main text(s) English Trade Marks Act, 1993 (Act No. 194 of 1993) PDF HTML French Loi de 1993 sur les marques (Loi n° 194 de 1993) PDF
Legislation Relates to (3 text(s)) Relates to (3 text(s))
Trade Marks Regulations 1995 (GN R578 of April 21, 1995, as amended by GN R1180 of December 1, 2006) (ZA098)
Trade Mark Regulations 1995 (No. R578 of April 1995) (ZA010)
Tobacco Products Control Act 1993 (Act No. 83 of 1993, as amended up to Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act 2008) (ZA092)
Is amended by (3 text(s)) Is amended by (3 text(s))
Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act, 2013 (Act No. 28 of 2013) [ Amending law not consolidated in text ] (ZA106)
Companies Act 2008 (Act No. 71 of 2008) [ Amending law not consolidated in text ] (ZA053)
Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act, 1997 (Act No. 38 of 1997) [ Amending law not consolidated in text ] (ZA027)

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WIPO Lex No. ZA009