As part of the ongoing negotiations with the European Union in respect of the Economic Partnership Agreement which include South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Angola, the EU applied in terms of the South African law (Section 15 of the Merchandise Marks Act), for the exclusive use of specific product descriptions in South Africa.
The application of the EU was published under Government Notice No 66 and 67 of 2014 in the Government Gazette (Gazette number 37296) dated 4 February 2014.
• Notice 66 gives notice that the European Union has conveyed a request for the prohibition on the use of certain words also known as geographical names / indicators (GI's);
• Notice 67 deals with the rules of use. This refers to the list of GI's which is produced in accordance with the conditions for each category of goods as set out at:
Copies of the abovementioned notices are attached and more detailed technical information is available at http://www.thedti.gov.za/business_regulation/SA_EU.jsp
To enable the organized dairy industry to officially comment on the notices, you are requested to indicate trade descriptions and/or names of cheeses listed in the notices which are considered to be problematic in terms of the local/international commerce and which need to be excluded from the proposed lists of names.
In order to consolidate all input from industry, your written comments and motivations can be forwarded to the office of SAMPRO for attention of De Wet Jonker at firstname.lastname@example.org or Yvonne Steyn at email@example.com not later than 26 February 2014.
Please note that members are free to submit comments and motivations directly to the Registrar of Trade Marks at firstname.lastname@example.org within 30 days of the publication of the said notices.