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...

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...

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...

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...

.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...

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....

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...

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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