Estados Unidos de América
Observancia de los derechos de propiedad intelectual
Prescripciones especiales relacionadas con las medidas en frontera
51. Article 58 specifies procedures to be followed where the competent authorities can act ex officio. Please explain whether the competent authorities in South Africa are empowered to act ex officio and, if so, please identify the intellectual property areas subject to ex officio action.
Section 3(4) of the Counterfeit Goods Act provides: "The preceding provisions of this section do not preclude an inspector from taking any appropriate steps in terms of Section 4(1) on his or her own initiative in relation to any act or conduct believed or suspected to be an act of dealing in counterfeit goods, provided the requirements of that section are met." The affected areas of intellectual property are trademarks and copyright.