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Geographical Indication Articles

Smit & Van Wyk provides a full range of Intellectual Proeprty legal services in all African countries where protection is available. We can provide information on the filing requirements in each of the African countries and can also offer information on the various regional IP organisations such as ARIPO, OAPI and the Madrid protocol. We work with a network of trusted and knowledgeable agents to develop the best possible solution to each of our clients’ IP needs in Africa.

Rooibos Trade Mark Dispute

Rooibos Trade Mark Dispute

Once again South Africa finds itself in a dispute over the Rooibos Geographical Indication trademark. A French company is trying to register the trademark "Rooibos" in France, and will be able to do...

Geographical Indication Explained

Geographical Indication Explained Trade Marks Geographical indication, known often by the acronym of GI, is a mark that is used on specific products to indicate the origin of the products. The...