Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is a specialist South African legal practice dealing exclusively with patents. If your invention is new, inventive and useful, generally, a patent may be granted in terms of South African Patent Law. Although novelty can never be determined conclusively, an indication of the novelty of your invention may be found by conducting patent and literature searches. Our patent services covers most African countries, including South Africa, OAPI and ARIPO.

We provide patent, trademark, copyright and franchising services on behalf of instructing attorneys on a fee sharing basis.

We are based in Pretoria, South Africa but we represent our clients from across the World by method of telephone, email and video conferencing. The South African Patent Office (CIPC) and High Court is situated in Pretoria.

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. Patent services
  • Patent prosecution
  • Patent applications
  • Patent searches
  • Patent litigation
  • Patents industrial designs
  • Advice on licensing and assigning patents
  • Assistance in applying for government grants
  • Drafting and preparing of patent specifications
  • Filing and prosecuting international patent applications via the Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT)
  • Overseas patent applications via the Paris Convention
  • High court litigation

Contact one of our patent attorneys for more information regarding services related to patent applications, renewals and litigation in South Africa. Call us: +27 (0) 12 349 7800 or

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Chantal Hoffelner  Wessel van Wyk  Corrie Hall