PCT National Phase applications

PCT National Phase applications in Africa Smit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property law firm specialises in Patent PCT National Phase applications in most African countries including South Africa, Angola, Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, Nigeria, OAPI and ARIPO Contracting...

PCT

PCT Patent Cooperation Treaty International Patent Law Treaty The Patent Cooperation Treaty or PCT is an international patent law treaty. The PCT provides a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect inventions in each of its contracting states. A...

Paris Convention

Paris Convention The Protection of Industrial Property The Paris Convention applies to industrial property in the widest sense, including patents, marks, industrial designs, utility models, trade names, geographical indications and the repression of unfair...

ARIPO Regional IP Database Launched

ARIPO Regional IP Database Launched The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is an inter-governmental organization which provides a regional industrial property system for English-speaking African countries. Last month, on 10 September 2018,...

Provisional Patent Filing

When an invention is patented, it cannot be commercially made, used, distributed or sold without the owner’s consent.  A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention or idea. In order to obtain patent protection in South Africa, the owner of the invention has...

Egypt PCT National Phase

Egypt PCT National Phase Patents Egypt Patents Applications Egypt PCT National Phase patents and protection through the Paris Convention.  PCT filings follows the international phase and consists in the processing of the international application before each Office of...

Patente und Marken in Afrika

Patente und Marken in Afrika Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. ist eine Spezialist Anwaltskanzlei die ausschließlich mit Patent- und Markenrecht in den meisten afrikanischen Ländern, OAPI und ARIPO zu tun hat. Unsere Praxisfelder umfassen alle Aspekte in Bezug auf Patente,...

Patents FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about patents: What does it mean to have a patent? A patent owner has the right to decide who may use the invention for the period in which the invention is protected. A patented invention may not be used, distributed, imported, or sold by...

Patent Protection for Inventions

Amongst most African countries there is well developed patent protection for inventions. Since patents are most certainly the most restrictive types of intellectual property, it goes without saying that there are numerous regulations governing patens. Adaptations of...