The TFTA and your trade marks
It’s time to give some attention to your trade mark portfolio in Africa. Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Rob Davies, signed the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) agreement on Friday, 7 July 2017 in Kampala, Uganda, making South Africa the 19th country to sign the agreement. The TFTA is being negotiated between 26 countries which make up the trading blocs of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and East African Community (EAC) as well as Egypt, a non-bloc country. The TFTA seeks to reduce the tariffs on goods traded between the tripartite countries and it is anticipated that the TFTA will improve trade between these countries paving the way for South Africa to increase exports to and imports from TFTA countries. If you are trading in or exporting to TFTA countries (or will be doing so in the near future) and have not yet registered your trade marks, now is the time. Spoor & Fisher specialises in trade mark registration and enforcement strategies across Africa. Contact us to find out more about how we can assist you and ensure that your trade marks are protected.
Countries to be included in the TFTA include Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.