Design Services

Design Attorneys

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. specialises in obtaining and protecting designs in most African countries.


Registered designs, design patents, or industrial design rights protect the design of an object. Designs consist of the creation of a shape, configuration or composition of pattern or color and color in three dimensional form containing aesthetic value. Designs can be 2 or 3-dimensional patterns used to produce a product, industrial commodity or handicraft.


Design patent owners have the right to compensation (royalties) when their work is copied or used. Design patent owners can transfer or assign their exclusive rights to other entities. National design laws on licensing of design patents vary between countries and registered designs are licensed on a territorial basis.


Design patents provide the right to control the use of a design in all the manners in which it can be exploited. Illegal copy of patented designs or infringement of design patents may be settled with litigation.

The Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. head office is located in South Africa. Patent and trademark lawyers that offer international and local clients with patent, trademark and registered design services in most African countries.

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