The International Design Alliance – IDA

The IDA (International Design Alliance) is a venture between the international organizations that represent design and aim to bring the benefits of design to world bodies, governments, business and society. The International Design Alliance was created by founding...

Smit & Van Wyk Registers the Stackable Cup

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. attorneys legally represented Mr Marc Cocci with the patent and registered design registrations of his unique invention, the stackable cup, also known as Stack-Cup™. The stackable cup can now be seen at festivals, sports events, bars,...

Industrial Design Rights

Industrial design right is a type intellectual property right awarded for the protection of the visual aspects of items which are not made for purely utilitarian reasons. An industrial design right protects the shape, pattern, colour or combination of patterns and...

Design Applications

Design applications don’t have not be complicated although the various terms and conditions may become confusing. A South African registered design protects the appearance of an article, unlike a patent which protects the underlying invention on which an article...

Difference between Aesthetic & Functional Design Rights

South African design rights fall into two major categories, that of aesthetic and functional. The difference between aesthetic and functional design rights lies mainly in the purpose. Aesthetic design rights are awarded on the basis of the appearance of an article. It...

How long does a Design Application take?

It usually takes about eight months from the date of filing the application until notification of registration is received from the South African Designs Office. If foreign registered designs are to be applied for, we should be notified thereof at the outset, but...