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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jan 21, 2014 (Newsletter Issue 1/14)
South Africa
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IP Laws Amendment Act Published

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act, 28 of 2013 (IPLAA) was published in the Government Gazette on 10 December 2013. It is expected that IPLAA will come into effect in the first half of 2014.

IPLAA amends the South African Performers’ Protection Act, Copyright Act, Trade Marks Act and Designs Act. The aim is, inter alia, to provide for the recognition and protection of certain manifestations of indigenous knowledge as a species of intellectual property.

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Source: Spoor & Fisher, South Africa