Counterfeit Goods Act (No. 37 of 1997)

1st January 1997

To introduce measures aimed against the trade in counterfeit goods so as to further protect owners of trade marks, copyright and certain marks under the Merchandise Marks Act, 1941, against the unlawful application, to goods, of the subject matter of their respective intellectual property rights and against the release of goods of that nature (called ‘‘counterfeit goods’’) into the channels of commerce;
for that purpose—
to prohibit certain acts in relation to counterfeit goods as well as the possession of counterfeit goods in certain circumstances;
to create offences in that regard and prescribe penalties in relation thereto;
to confer, in certain circumstances, upon inspectors and certain members of the South African Police Service the power, upon     having obtained a warrant,
or upon being otherwise authorised by or in terms of this Act, to enterpremises and there to search for, and, if found, to seize     and remove, counterfeit goods or suspected counterfeit goods for detention pending the finalisation of civil or criminal                 proceedings to be instituted or any other disposal thereof authorised by or in terms of the Act;
to provide that the Commissioner for Customs and Excise and his or her staff,
upon having granted an application to that end by the owner of an intellectual property right, will have the power to seize and         detain counterfeit goods or suspected counterfeit goods imported into or entering the Republic during a particular period and         calculated to infringe that intellectual property right;
and to provide for incidental matters.