Intellectual Property Attorneys

Patent Attorneys South Africa

Patents, Designs, Trade Marks and Copyright

The Smit & Van Wyk team of qualified and experienced patent attorneys are able to give you the best legal advice regarding your inventions and ideas. We are a specialist legal practice that deals exclusively with patent and trade mark law in South Africa and across Africa. Our  Our fields of practice encompass all aspects relating to patents, trade marks, 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. 

Smit & Van Wyk has received a number of awards and has been listed by various legal guides.


Inventions, Ideas, New, Inventive and Useful, Gadgets, Biotech


Appearance, Aesthetic, Functional, Industrial Design, Design Patents

Trade Marks

Name, Slogan, Logo, Shapes, 3D Marks, Holograms, Motions


Literary, Musical, Artistic, Sound Recordings, Broadcasts, Photography


Buying or Starting a Franchise, Franchise Agreements

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. Smit & Van Wyk trade mark attorneys services includes trade mark searches, prosecution, maintenance and enforcement, but more specifically:
Providing advice on the registrability, selection, use and retention of trade marks, preparing and prosecuting trade mark applications, helping clients license or franchise their rights, handling of trade mark maintenance including payment of renewal fees and recording amendments. How to register a trade mark in South Africa

Patents & PCT National Phase

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.  Smit & 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. The patent attorneys at Smit & Van Wyk provide a wide range of patent-related services across multiple industries and fields of technologies, including patent drafting, filing, prosecution: Prepare and prosecute patent and PCT applications, advise on the patentability of inventions, help clients license, franchise or assign their rights, conduct patent searches, handle the payment of maintenance fees, record amendments to a patent and translate patent specifications into local Languages. How to patent an idea

Egypt Trade Marks

Egypt Trade Marks

Egypt Trade MarksEgypt is a First to File country and whomever first files the trade mark gets the rights. Egypt trade marks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and renewable for further periods of 10 years. Egypt is a member of the Madrid Protocol which offers international trade mark...

Lockdown Notification: Plant Breeders’ Rights

Lockdown Notification: Plant Breeders’ Rights

Notice to all directorate: Genetic Resources Clients  Delivery of application forms and seed This serves to notify all clients that during Level 4 of the Lockdown, Applications in terms of the Genetically Modified Act Applications in terms of the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act Seed submitted for...

Mozambique Patents

Mozambique Patents

Mozambique Patents Patent and PCT National Phase Applications: Mozambique Smit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property law firm in Africa specialise in Mozambique Patents and PCT National Phase applications. Mozambique patent filing options include: Patent of Invention, National Phase PCT...