Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property law in South Africa refers to all legislation concerning patents, designs, trademarks and copyright protection. It is meant to protect the intellectual property of legal entities, as intellectual property can also carry significant value and is...

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...

Intellectual Property Law Firm

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is an intellectual property law firm that is situated close to the CIPC in Pretoria. Our fields of practice encompass all aspects relating to patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright and franchising, including litigation. We have a...

Small Business Owners

In the United States intellectual property based businesses and entrepreneurs drive more economic growth than any other sector. Today, counterfeiting, piracy and the theft of intellectual property pose a serious threat to all business owners and entrepreneurs. These...

IP Registration Office

The Intellectual Property Registration Office (CIPC) oversees the registration of various types of intellectual property including that of trademarks, copyright, designs, and patents. The CIPC is located in Pretoria where all  intellectual property applications are...

Intellectual Property Attorneys

As specialist intellectual property attorneys, we deal exclusively with intellectual property law here at Smit & Van Wyk Incorporated. We have the knowledge, resources and experience to include all fields of practice relating to patents, trademarks, industrial...

South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law

The South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) represents more than 140 intellectual property agents and attorneys. The SAIIPL is widely regarded as the custodian of South Africa’s intellectual property rights, and comprises practicing attorneys,...

When does trade secrets exist?

The holder of the trade secret is nevertheless obliged to protect against such espionage to some degree in order to safeguard the secret. As noted above, under most trade secret rules, a trade secret is not deemed to exist unless its supposed holder takes reasonable...
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