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...

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 Court...

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 Hurricane...

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...

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...