Intellectual Property Agents in Africa
Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is a specialist legal practice dealing exclusively with patent and trade mark law 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. Our experienced support staff, aided by state-of-the-art software, ensure that we remain efficient and up to date. The foreign department of our firm, in addition to advising on protection, specializes in assisting overseas agents and applicants with filing and prosecution of cases in South Africa and other African countries. We also attend to maintenance of South African cases.
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. These claims must meet relevant patentability requirements, such as novelty, usefulness, and non-obviousness.