.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:...

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...