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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.

New Zambian Acts

Zambia: The following Zambian Acts mentioned below have now become operational: Patents Act (No.40 of 2016) (this replaces the previous Patents Act - Chapter 400 of the Laws of Zambia.) The Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits Act (No.6 of 2016) (this is a new Act)...

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World IP day 2017

26 April offers a celebration of intellectual property and this year it will be the 17th World IP day - the anniversary of the day that the World Intellectual Property Organization Convention was activated in 1970. World IP day was brought into being with the...

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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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