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Trade Mark Registrations and Information

Trade Mark registrations provides wide-ranging protection against infringement of your brand. A trade mark is typically a word, name, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, or a combination of these elements. Trade marks are registered in different classes that cover...

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The Yimi™ personal information system

The Yimi™ personal information system provides secure sharing and authenticating of information with service providers. It is an easy-to-use system for transmitting personal information from a client's smartphone with consent recorded on and tracking provided by our...

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Medical Record Management System

Medical Record Management System A medical record management system which includes a patient identification system operable to determine the identity of a patient, a database containing patient information, and a data interface connectable to a...

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Know your IP

IP (Intellectual property) is considered an asset for any business. Intellectual Property is an intangible asset which means that the asset is not physical, it is as the result of human creativity, thought and inventiveness, and this type of asset forms the...

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ANC vs ADeC Logo

Since the African Democratic Change (ADeC) emerged as a new political party in South Africa it’s ADeC logo has drawn much attention because of its similarities to that of the ANC logo. The similarities included the use of the black, green and yellow colour...

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Congratulations to Rogan and Kelsey

Congratulations to Rogan and Kelsey! Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. proudly celebrate two of our candidate attorneys that have completed their articles of clerkship. On Monday 29 January 2018, Rogan Bruce and Kelsey Savig have been admitted as attorneys in the High...

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The Rain Catcher

The Rain Catcher Presenting our clients' patented invention, The Rain Catcher, which was developed in South Africa. The invention is a lightweight device that collects rain, which can in turn be used as safe drinking water. It is also suitable for post...

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Noëlle Pearson Trade Mark Practitioner

Noëlle Pearson - Best Final Year Student On Wednesday 15 November the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) voted to accept new fellows who qualified as Trade Mark practitioners in 2017. The afternoon lunch took place at the Pretoria Country...

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Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection

Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection Read Wessel van Wyk and Kimberley Rose Smith's contributions to the book published by Kluwer Law International and edited by Christopher V. Carani. Wessel van Wyk and Kimberley Rose Smith contributed to the Design...

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International Comparative Legal Guide to: Franchise 2018

International Comparative Legal Guide to: Franchise 2018 The ICLG series has been published. Read Esmari Jonker's contribution to the International Comparative Legal Guide series: Franchise 2018. Download Pdf Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. South Africa contributed to the...

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Trademarks Facts South Africa

A trademark is a name, slogan or logo that distinguishes the brand of one entity from another. CIPC administers the Register of Trademarks in the Republic of South Africa. The trademark registration process in South Africa is quite lengthy, which is due to various...

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How to Patent an Idea

How to Patent an idea in South Africa and abroad Keep your Idea a SECRET: It is important to keep your idea a secret because a patent may only be granted for an idea that i new, inventive and useful.  If your idea meets these requirements, generally, it should be...

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First Trademark applications for covfefe

Donald Trump published a tweet containing the mysterious 'covfefe' word at 12:06 on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 and the world went crazy. It left many of his 31 million Twitter followers confused, and slightly concerned. He later then tweeted "who can figure out the true...

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.africa domain success

Trademark owners have shown great interest in the new .africa geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD). dotAfrica (.africa) is the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) for the African continent. The .africa domain scored within the global top 10 for the largest number of...

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Presenting Steampunk Big Five

Presenting Steampunk Big Five The Steampunk Big Five is a series of five paintings, created especially for Smit & Van Wyk by South African artist, Carla Botes. Each painting depicts a member of the Big Five in the same colors of the corresponding Rand bank notes....

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UK triggers Article 50 to exit EU

It is officially the start of Brexit. Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, confirmed that the UK government has formally served Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on the European Union, signaling the divorce of a 44 year relationship. This is the beginning of a legal...

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Trademark Registration in China

Registering trademarks internationally is a smart move and whether you are currently selling overseas (or open to the possibility), getting protection for your brand is essential. Consider starting 5 years in advance of your plans to start selling overseas because:...

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SARIMA Conference 2017

We are pleased to announce that Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. will be attending the SARIMA Conference in Windhoek, Namibia from 22 - 25 May 2017. SARIMA (Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association) is a membership organisation of Research and Innovation...

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Franchise Operations Manual

What Is a Franchise operations manual? A franchise operations manual is the primary document that governs the day to day franchise procedures and operational requirements. The manual should be specify in detail the procedures with which franchisees should comply in...

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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

Click here for the INTA Annual Meeting 2018  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...

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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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