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SpaceX Falcon 9 Landing

This video shows the 19 February 2017 successful landing of Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket at Cape Canaveral, after delivering supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). The Falcon 9 rocket successfully touched down at the SpaceX’s ground-based landing zone in...

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Trademark a Color in South Africa

Trademark a Color in South Africa The South African Trade Marks Act specifically provides for the registration of non-conventional trademarks, such as colors. A mark is defined as any sign capable of being represented graphically including, patterns, shapes,...

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How to Patent Mobile Apps

How to protect Mobile Apps in South Africa Traditional protection of Mobile Apps The source code, on-screen layout and graphics that form part of a mobile application is protected by Copyright, but what about the underlying principle of operation of the mobile...

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Beskerm jou Idees

Beskerm jou idees en uitvinding deur middel van ‘n patent. Hierdie eksklusiewe reg word deur ‘n soewereine staat aan ‘n uitvinder verleen in ruil vir die besonderhede van die uitvinding of idee. ‘N Suid-Afrikaanse patent kan verleen word vir enige nuwe uitvinding wat...

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INTA 2017 | Barcelona

We are pleased to announce that the Smit & Van Wyk team will be attending the INTA Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain from 20 – 24 May 2017. Most of the INTA meeting events will be held at the Fira Gran Via in Hall 8 and 8.1, located at Carrer Alumini. All...

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The Peppadew Success Story

The Peppadew story started when Johan Steenkamp first discovered the sweet red pepper at his holiday home in the Eastern Cape in 1993. He saved seeds from the ripened fruit of the mother plant and cultivated them at his farm in Tzaneen, Limpopo. Steenkamp saw...

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UPC Announcements

UPC (Unified Patent Court) A single patent court covering 25 countries. January 16, 2017 - The Unified Patent Court (UPC) preparatory committee has announced that the UPC would become operational from December 2017 and working under the assumption that the provisional...

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Law Society of the Northern Provinces

The Law Society of the Northern Provinces (LSNP) is the statutory body governing the attorneys profession in the Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West and Limpopo Provinces. The Law Society however is not an attorney’s office and cannot assist members of the public by...

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Lucasfilm Trademark Lawsuit

The Lucasfilm Trademark Lawsuit against New York Jedi and Lightsaber Academy October 2016. Lucasfilm filed a lawsuit for trademark infringement against the owner of New York Jedi and Lightsaber Academy. The businesses previously sought a license from Lucasfilm but...

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Franchising

Franchising: When the franchisor grants licensing rights to a franchisee to use the franchise business system. The franchisor will remain the owner of all intellectual property rights surrounding the business system. Franchiser Agreement A franchise agreement should...

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Kopiereg van Fotos op die Internet

Salomé le Roux van Smit & Van Wyk Prokureurs gesels op RSG met Christelle van Tonder oor kopiereg van fotos op die internet. RSG: www.rsg.co.za. Christelle kan Vrydagaande gehoor word as die aanbieder van 18:00 tot middernag op RSG 100 -104...

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LSNP Annual General Meeting 2016

LSNP: Sun City Annual General Meeting 2016 Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. attended the Law Society of the Northern Provinces (LSNP) Annual General Meeting, Golf Day and Charity High Tea event at Sun City that was from 18 - 20 November 2016.  The Smit & Van Wyk, Inc....

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WISA Mine Water Division Annual Symposium

9 - 11 November 2016      The WISA Mine Water Division invites you to the Annual Symposium that takes place from 9 - 11 November 2016 at the CSIR ICC in Pretoria. The symposium theme for 2016 is: Management Options for Mine Water. Symposium speakers will include Nobel...

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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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Trademark Registration South Africa

A trademark registration in South Africa is filed with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) in Pretoria, together with details of the applicant, details of the trademark, classes, list of goods and services, and a signed power of attorney. Before...

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Registered Design vs Patent

South African Registered Design vs Patent A registered design protects the appearance of an article, unlike a patent which protects the invention on which an article is based. Even though the underlying principle of operation may be the same, a new appearance may be...

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TM Registration

A TM registration (trademark registration) may be done by a qualified trademark attorney or trademark practitioner. When a trademark (Name, Slogan, Logo, Shapes, 3D Marks, Colours) has been registered, competitors may not use your trademark, or one that is confusingly...

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How to get a Patent

A patent is an exclusive right granted by a sovereign state to an inventor in exchange for the details of that invention. The procedure on how to get a patent might vary between countries, but a patent application should always include claims that define the...

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International Trademark Search

A word or mark that distinguishes your goods/services from the goods/services of others is considered a trademark and may be registered for protection. To avoid infringing on someone else's trademark, you need to search for similar trademarks that have already been...

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ARIPO Trademarks

ARIPO is an intergovernmental organisation for English-speaking African countries to implement common administrative procedures deriving from a uniform system for the protection of intellectual property. The relevant protocol for ARIPO trademarks is the Banjul...

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Registered Trademark Symbol

® and ™ are the two symbols commonly used to indicate trademarks. ® is used as the registered trademark symbol and ™ is used for marks that have not been registered. The registered trademark symbol provides notice that the word or mark has been registered and...

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gTool PenDriver

gTool is the leading tooling brand committed to innovation in the mobile and cell repair industry. PenDriver is the worlds first artificial intelligent screwdriver that is able to think for itself and determine screw orientation. PenDriver Pro The PenDriver Pro...

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Brexit effects on Intellectual Property

Brexit Explained A portmanteau of the words “Britain” and “exit,” it is the nickname for a British exit of the European Union. The UK refers to the union of what were once four separate nations: England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland (although most of Ireland is now...

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Patent Protection China

Patent Protection in the People's Republic of China A patent is an exclusive right granted for a product or a process that provides a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. The patented invention cannot be commercially made,...

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Patent Protection United States

Patent Protection in the United States of America In simple terms, any person who invents or discovers a new and useful process or composition of matter (or any new and useful improvement thereof) may obtain a patent in the United States of America, subject to certain...

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Patent Litigation

Patent Litigation When a patent is infringed, the patentee has various options to consider including litigation. Litigation is an action brought in court to enforce a particular right and involves a series of steps that may lead to a court trial and ultimately the...

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