Trademark Services

Trademark Attorneys

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


A trademark is a distinctive sign used to identify products or services and to distinguish its products or services from those of other entities. A trademark is can be a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, or a combination of these elements. Non-conventional trademarks include color, smell, or sound. A registered trademark confers exclusive rights to the trademark owner, including the right to exclusive use of the mark in relation to the products or services for which it is registered.

Registered trademark must be maintained through actual use of the trademark because these rights will cease if a mark is not actively used for a period of time. A registered trademark can last forever providing the mark is used and renewal fees are paid annually.


Trademark owners have the right to compensation (royalties) when their mark is copied or used. Trademark owners can transfer or assign their exclusive rights to other entities. National trademark laws on licensing of trademarks vary between countries and registered trademarks are licensed on a territorial basis.


The owner of a registered trademark may commence legal proceedings for trademark infringement to prevent unauthorized use of that mark. Registered trademarks provide the right to control the use of a mark or brand in all the manners in which it can be exploited. Illegal use of a registered trademark or infringement of trademarks 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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