Intellectual Property Attorneys South Africa

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is a specialist legal practice dealing exclusively with patent and trade mark law in South Africa. Our fields of practice encompass all aspects relating to patents, trade marks, industrial designs, copyright, including litigation, as well as providing advice on the commercial rights attached to each of these forms of protection. Strange as it may sound, many individuals and businesses are unaware of the intellectual property that they have created, or they often underestimate its value. Therefore, if certain steps are not taken to protect their intellectual property (patents, registered designs, trade marks, copyright), such intellectual property cannot be exploited to its full commercial potential. The first step in protecting your intellectual property is to identify it. Although it may seem like an obvious process, it is most often not possible to identify the intellectual property of a business without involving specialised expertise. Once the intellectual property of a business has been identified, it is possible to take steps to protect it, whether by means of registered forms of intellectual property protection such as patents, trade marks, registered designs, or unregistered forms of intellectual property protection, such as copyright, contractual agreements or non-statutory forms of protection.

Patent Attorneys

A patent is an exclusive right granted by a sovereign state to an inventor for a limited period of time in exchange for the details of that invention. The procedure for granting a patent vary widely between countries according to national laws and international agreements, but a patent application must include claims that define the invention. These claims must meet relevant patentability requirements, such as novelty, usefulness, and non-obviousness.

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Register Business Name

Register a Company Companies that wish to transact with the formal sector, or that wish to access government support, are required to be registered with the CIPC.  To register a company is simple and inexpensive procedure if you follow the steps outlined on the...

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The Stapler Invention

A stapler is a device that joins pages by driving a metal staple through the paper and folding the ends. It can also be used to join human or animal tissue together with surgical staples to close a wound. The first known stapler was made in the 18th century in France...

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How to File a Trademark

A registered trademark represents the mark that distinguishes your products / services from others. Trademarks are filed with the intellectual property office in Pretoria an will be subject to certain requirements. A trademark may be filed by a qualified trademark...

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