n Without Prejudice - Beating about the rooibos : intellectual property

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



It is a fact of life that attempts have been made in certain other countries to usurp control of the term or mark ROOIBOS, despite the fact that it is a well-known South African description for a particular plant which gives rise to ROOIBOS tea. The term ROOIBOS is as typically South African as "braaivleis" and "biltong." It is really part of our South African heritage. The South African authorities have, nonetheless, taken no concrete or effective steps to protect and control the use of this term in South Africa or elsewhere.

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