CIPC Official Fees Increase

IMPORTANT NOTICE THE INITIAL DATE  FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INCREASE IN RENEWAL FEES HAS NOW BEEN SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY. Clients being advised to pay full term renewals before the increase in renewal fees Increase in Patent and Design renewal fees in South Africa...

Water Research Commission (WRC) workshop

Water Research Commission (WRC) On 20 March 2019, Wessel van Wyk was privileged to present at a workshop hosted by the Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa. The workshop, entitled “A Framework for Management of IP Emanating From WRC-Supported R&D”, was...

GIPC 2019

GIPC: Global Intellectual Property Convention 2019 Bangaluru, India  Wessel van Wyk attended the 11th Global Intellectual Property Convention (GIPC) in India from 17 – 19 January 2019. The GIPC is Asia’s leading conference on Innovation and IP for in-house...

365 Ubuntu Climbs

365 Ubuntu Climbs With the Renaissance Guy The Renaissance Guy, Andrew Patterson, has a goal of hiking up Table Mountain, Cape Town, every day for a full year… but for what purpose? Last year, Andrew realised that he had a calling to contribute something positive in...

Congratulations to Jacques and Kim

Congratulations to Jacques and Kim! Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is proud to announce that two of our candidate patent attorneys, Jacques Steyn and Kimberley Conroy (previously Smith), passed the Drafting of Patent Specifications examination set by the South African...

First to Use

First to Use What is First-to-Use? This means that the first person / entity that actually made use of the mark in connection with the goods and/or services for which they’re applying, will obtain registration and may prevent others from using it. This is known as...

First to File

First to File What is First-to-File? This means that the first person or entity that applies for a trade mark, will obtain registration and may prevent others from using it.  This person / entity will have the rights thereto, regardless of whether another have built...

Patent Registration in the U.S

Patent Registration in the U.S International PatentsThe role of the USPTO is to grant patents for the protection of inventions in the United States of America. When the patent expires, the invention is freely available to the public. Patents are not renewable. Under...

Patent Registration in India

Patent Registration in India International Patents An invention relating to a product or a process that is new, involving inventive step and capable of industrial application may apply for a  patent in India. An application for a patent may be filed by foreign...