SOUTH AFRICA

Intellectual Property Attorneys

Intellectual Property Attorneys South Africa

Patents, Designs, Trade Marks and Copyright

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is a specialist legal practice dealing exclusively with patent and trade mark law in South Africa and across Africa. Our qualified and experienced patent attorneys and trademark attorneys are able to give you the best legal advice regarding your intellectual property. Our fields of practice encompass all aspects relating to patents, trademarks, designs, copyright, including litigation, as well as providing advice on the commercial rights attached to each of these forms of protection. Once the intellectual property of a business has been identified, it is recommended to take steps to protect it, whether by means of registered forms of intellectual property protection such as patents, trade marks, designs, or unregistered forms of intellectual property protection, such as copyright, contractual agreements or non-statutory forms of protection.

Patent Attorneys

A patent is an exclusive right granted by a sovereign state to an inventor for a limited period of time in exchange for the details of that invention. The procedure for granting a patent vary widely between countries according to national laws and international agreements, but a patent application must include claims that define the invention. These claims must meet relevant patentability requirements, such as novelty, usefulness, and non-obviousness. It is highly recommended that your claims be written by a qualified patent attorney or patent agent. How to patent an ideaSmit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property law firm specialises in Patent PCT National Phase applications in most African countries including South Africa, Angola, Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, Nigeria, OAPI and ARIPO Contracting states.

Trade Mark Attorneys

A trade mark is a mark which distinguishes your goods or services from goods or services of others in South Africa, or elsewhere. Examples of Trade Marks: Name, Slogan, Logo, Shapes, Three-dimensional Marks, Colors, Holograms, Motions / Multimedia, Positions, Gestures, Olfactory (smells / scents), Sounds / Tunes, Tastes, Textures. A registered trade mark can be protected forever. How to register a trade mark in South Africa.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID-19

Please note that all employees at Smit & Van Wyk are set up to work from home and therefore we, as a firm, will remain operational and available during the South African lockdown. Lock down will be implemented from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020 and will last until midnight of Thursday 16 April 2020. The South African Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has issued a formal notice that they will be closed from Wednesday 25 March to Thursday 30 April 2020 as a result of the national lockdown following COVID-19.

The dates from 25 March 2020 to 30 April 2020 will be regarded as dies non for the purposes of the Trade Marks Act, 1993; Patents Act, 1978; Design Act, 1993; Copyright Act, 1978 and Registration of Copyright in Cinematograph Film Act, 1977. Having said that, the 1st of May 2020 is a public holiday in South Africa and therefore the 1st of May will also be classified as dies non. All filings will therefore be processed on Monday 4 May 2020. Smit & Van Wyk will be available to deal with all enquiries and will be able to fully prepare all applications up to the point of filing, which will be done as soon as CIPC is open.

For any further information or enquiries please email enquiries@svw.co.za.

COVID-19 Lockdown

COVID-19 Lockdown

Please note that all employees at Smit & Van Wyk are set up to work from home and therefore we, as a firm, will remain operational and available during the South African lockdown. Lockdown will be implemented from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020 and will last...

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ARIPO Patent Filings

ARIPO Patent Filings

ARIPO Patent Filings Smit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property law firm specialises in Patent and PCT National Phase filings for ARIPO (African Regional Intellectual Property Organization). ARIPO is an intergovernmental organisation for English-speaking African...

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Update on INTA’s 2020 Annual Meeting

Update on INTA’s 2020 Annual Meeting

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and prioritizing the health and safety of registrants, INTA is working to reschedule our Annual Meeting in Singapore (set to take place April 25 - 29, 2020) until 2022. We will be relocating the 2020 Annual Meeting to a...

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