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Intellectual Property Agents in Africa
Smit & Van Wyk International Limited is a specialist legal practice dealing exclusively with Intellectual Property rights on the African Continent. Our international branch is optimized efficiently to receive instructions from US and other foreign associates and to execute these instructions all over the African continent. We provide services in most African Countries, OAPI and ARIPO.
Our fields of practice encompass all aspects relating to patents, trade marks, industrial designs, copyright, including litigation, as well as providing advice on the commercial rights attached to each of these forms of protection. The patent and trade mark attorneys at our firm, most of whom are also qualified engineers or scientists, are dedicated individuals, skilled in their fields of practice, and can provide clear advice on complex legal matters to clients from all over the world.
The foreign department of our firm, in addition to advising on protection, specialises in assisting overseas agents and applicants with filing and prosecution of cases in all African countries. We also attend to maintenance of cases and the enforcement of IP rights on the African continent.
A patent is an exclusive right granted by a sovereign state to an inventor for a limited period of time in exchange for the details of that invention. The procedure for granting a patent vary widely between countries according to national laws and international agreements, but a patent application must include claims that define the invention.
A Trademark is a mark which distinguishes your goods or services from goods or services of others. Examples of Trade Marks: Name, Slogan, Logo, Shapes, Three-dimensional Marks, Colors, Holograms, Motions / Multimedia, Positions, Gestures, Olfactory (smells / scents), Sounds / Tunes, Tastes, Textures. A registered trade mark can be protected forever.
We have received confirmation that operations at the Zimbabwe Registry and the ARIPO office which is based in Harare have not changed. The Registry office and ARIPO are operating as usual. The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) announced that it had taken over the country...read more
Case Updates 9 September 2017 - Photographer WINS the monkey 'selfie' lawsuit. David Slater, the photographer whose camera was used to take the photos of the crested macaques in Indonesia has agreed to donate 25% of any revenue and he will keep all of the remaining...read more