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:...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...