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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.

Tesla vs Adidas Trademark

American automaker Tesla, Inc. filed a trademark application in August 2016 for the new Model 3 logo. The Tesla Model 3 logo with three horizontal lines was going to cover a variety of classes including automobiles and apparel. Adidas filed a notice of opposition over...

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Nestlé trademark case in Singapore

Nestlé lost it's appeal in the trademark case to protect Kit Kat shapes in Singapore. The two-finger and four-finger shapes of Kit Kat chocolate bars are not entitled to trademark protection in Singapore. Kit Kat chocolate wafers are made by Swiss food and beverage...

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Monkey Selfie Copyright Case

Case Updates 28 July 2016 - PETA has filed an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 18 February 2016 - The district court dismissed the complaint with prejudice for lack of standing under the Copyright Act and entered judgment. In 2011 a...

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