Intellectual Property Lawyers

Intellectual Property Protection in Africa

Smit & Van Wyk is a specialist Intellectual Property (IP) law firm that was established on 1 August 2005 by Carel Smit and Wessel van Wyk. The firm deals exclusively with IP law in South Africa and across Africa as a whole. Our qualified attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources to give expert legal advice regarding IP portfolio’s and can assist with the filing, registration, prosecution and enforcement thereof.

Our firm serves as a portal to the African continent for many foreign associates and multinational corporations. We file patent, trade mark, and registered design applications for our South African clients into foreign markets, while also assisting our foreign clients who wish to file in South Africa or the rest of Africa. We are also knowledgeable when it comes to the regional systems in Africa, namely: OAPI, ARIPO and Madrid.

At Smit & Van Wyk, it is our mission to provide unparalleled service to our treasured clients by developing dynamic solutions which are tailored to suit individual Intellectual Property needs. The key to achieving this lies with our vibrant people, who are eager to go beyond the call of duty. This can-do attitude is our legacy, setting us apart from the rest. As we continue to grow exponentially, we look forward to sharing this legacy with clients and employees alike.


Our patent department specialises in the identification, protection, prosecution and enforcement of patents and designs in South Africa and abroad. Our experts litigate on these matters, and further, advise on IP valuation, licencing and related commercialisation aspects. With a passion for development in Africa, our patent department has built a trusted network of African agents over the past decade which allows us to extend these service offerings across the African continent.

Trade Marks

Our trade mark department is made up of a team of skilled and qualified attorneys and paralegals who work closely with our clients to build interpersonal relationships and to structure the best bespoke trade mark filing programs suited to the client’s specific needs and requirements. We offer advice on all aspects of trade mark filing, prosecution and litigation across the African continent.