How to File a Trademark

A registered trademark represents the mark that distinguishes your products / services from others. Trademarks are filed with the intellectual property office in Pretoria an will be subject to certain requirements. A trademark may be filed by a qualified trademark...

International Trademark Search

A word or mark that distinguishes your goods/services from the goods/services of others is considered a trademark and may be registered for protection. To avoid infringing on someone else’s trademark, you need to search for similar trademarks that have already...

ARIPO Trademarks

ARIPO is an intergovernmental organisation for English-speaking African countries to implement common administrative procedures deriving from a uniform system for the protection of intellectual property. The relevant protocol for ARIPO trademarks is the Banjul...

Patent Attorneys

Smit & van Wyk, Inc. patent attorneys deal with matters related to patents and designs in Africa. Our specialised team of attorneys also cover other aspects of intellectual property law including trademarks and copyright. A patent is an exclusive right granted by...

New Trade Mark Law – Ethiopia

Important Notice: Owners of Trade Marks that are already registered in Ethiopia will be required to file new applications no later than 24 June 2014. The Trade Mark Registration and Protection Proclamation was published in Ethiopia in 2006 but the implementing...

Intellectual Property – Namibia

Namibia is a member of ARIPO which means that patents, designs or trademarks may be registered with the official intellectual property office of Namibia or with ARIPO which requires the applicant to choose the specific member states where protection is required. ARIPO...

The Patent Office Role

The patent office is the authorized office appointed by a country’s government that controls and oversees the issuing of patent rights to inventors. The patent office has the right to refuse the granting of a patent right if the invention and or application does not...