The Counterfeit Goods Act

What does the Counterfiet Goods Act protect?

This law in South Africa (from 1 January 1998) introduces measures aimed against trade in counterfeit goods.

Who is protected?

You, the owner of trade marks, copyright works and certain merchandise marks are given more effective ways than were available in the past to prevent piracy of your rights in counterfeit goods.

How does the Counterfeit Act protect you?

The Act prohibits dealing in counterfeit goods through:

  • being in possession of or controlling counterfeit goods;
  • making counterfeit goods;
  • selling, hiring, bartering, exchanging or offering counterfeit goods;
  • exhibiting or distributing counterfeit goods, for trade purposes, or in any prejudicial way;
  • importing or exporting in, out or through SA; or
  • disposing of counterfeit goods.

click here to view the Counterfiet Goods Act document.
Counterfeit Goods Act 37 of 1997 as amended by Counterfeit Goods Amendment Act 25 of 2001

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