2017 Smit & Van Wyk, Inc.
  • Rogan Bruce and Kelsey Savig have officially been admitted as Attorneys at the Pretoria High Court on Monday, 29 January 2018… read more
  • INTA Annual Meeting 19 – 23 May 2018, Seattle, Washington… read more
  • Wessel van Wyk and Kimberley Rose Smith contributed to the book published by Kluwer Law International… read more
  • Noëlle Pearson – Best Final Year Student… latest news
  • We have moved to our new offices at Brooklyn Bridge Office Park in Pretoria… latest news
  • Esmari Jonker contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guide series: Franchise 2018… read more

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.

Patents

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.

Trade Marks

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.

Franchising

Major restructure for Zambia IP

Following the issuance of the commencement orders on new intellectual property acts, Zambia is currently under a major restructure in industrial property. The major changes consist of the following new acts: The new Patents Act, No. 40 of 2016, which replaces the...

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INTA Annual Meeting 2018 – Seattle

We are once again pleased to announce that Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. will be attending the INTA Annual Meeting in 2018. Intellectual Property professionals, government officials and marketers from around the world will come together at the INTA Annual Meeting...

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