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Congratulations to Rogan and Kelsey

Congratulations to Rogan and Kelsey

Congratulations to Rogan and Kelsey! Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. proudly celebrate two of our candidate attorneys that have completed their articles of clerkship. On Monday 29 January 2018, Rogan Bruce and Kelsey Savig have been admitted as attorneys in the High Court of...

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The Rain Catcher

The Rain Catcher

The Rain Catcher Presenting our clients' patented invention, The Rain Catcher, which was developed in South Africa. The invention is a lightweight device that collects rain, which can in turn be used as safe drinking water. It is also suitable for post Hurricane and...

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Patent

Patent

Patent If you have created an invention that is new, useful and has the potential to generate an income for you buy either the function it perform, or by reproducing and selling the invention, you will be well-advised to apply for a patent on this invention. If the...

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Noëlle Pearson Trade Mark Practitioner

Noëlle Pearson Trade Mark Practitioner

Noëlle Pearson - Best Final Year Student On Wednesday 15 November the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) voted to accept new fellows who qualified as Trade Mark practitioners in 2017. The afternoon lunch took place at the Pretoria Country...

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Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection

Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection

Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection Read Wessel van Wyk and Kimberley Rose Smith's contributions to the book published by Kluwer Law International and edited by Christopher V. Carani.Wessel van Wyk and Kimberley Rose Smith contributed to the Design...

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International Comparative Legal Guide to: Franchise 2018

International Comparative Legal Guide to: Franchise 2018

International Comparative Legal Guide to: Franchise 2018 The ICLG series has been published. Read Esmari Jonker's contribution to the International Comparative Legal Guide series: Franchise 2018. Download Pdf Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. South Africa contributed to the...

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Trade Mark Facts South Africa

Trade Mark Facts South Africa

Trade Mark Facts South Africa A trade mark is a name, slogan or logo that distinguishes the brand of one entity from another. CIPC administers the register of trade marks in South Africa. The trade mark registration process in South Africa is quite lengthy, which is...

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.africa domain success

.africa domain success

.africa Domain Success Trademark owners have shown great interest in the new .africa geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD). dotAfrica (.africa) is the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) for the African continent. The .africa domain scored within the global top 10 for...

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Presenting Steampunk Big Five

Presenting Steampunk Big Five

Presenting Steampunk Big Five The Steampunk Big Five is a series of five paintings, created especially for Smit & Van Wyk by South African artist, Carla Botes. Each painting depicts a member of the Big Five in the same colors of the corresponding Rand bank notes....

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UK triggers Article 50 to exit EU

UK triggers Article 50 to exit EU

It is officially the start of Brexit. Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, confirmed that the UK government has formally served Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on the European Union, signaling the divorce of a 44 year relationship. This is the beginning of a legal...

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Trade Mark Registration in China

Trade Mark Registration in China

Trademark Registration in China International Trade Marks Registering trademarks internationally is a smart move and whether you are currently selling overseas (or open to the possibility), getting protection for your brand is essential. Consider starting 5 years in...

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Franchise Operations Manual

Franchise Operations Manual

What Is a Franchise operations manual? A franchise operations manual is the primary document that governs the day to day franchise procedures and operational requirements. The manual should be specify in detail the procedures with which franchisees should comply in...

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Landing

SpaceX Falcon 9 Landing

SpaceX Falcon 9 Landing This video shows the 19 February 2017 successful landing of Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket at Cape Canaveral, after delivering supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). The Falcon 9 rocket successfully touched down at the SpaceX’s...

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Trade Mark a Color in South Africa

  Trade Mark a Color in South Africa The South African Trade Marks Act specifically provides for the registration of non-conventional trade marks, such as colors. A mark is defined as any sign capable of being represented graphically including, patterns, shapes,...

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How to Patent Mobile Apps

How to Patent Mobile Apps

  How to protect Mobile Apps in South Africa Traditional protection of Mobile Apps The source code, on-screen layout and graphics that form part of a mobile application is protected by Copyright, but what about the underlying principle of operation of the mobile...

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Beskerm jou Idees

Beskerm jou Idees

Beskerm jou idees en uitvinding deur middel van ‘n patent. Hierdie eksklusiewe reg word deur ‘n soewereine staat aan ‘n uitvinder verleen in ruil vir die besonderhede van die uitvinding of idee. ‘N Suid-Afrikaanse patent kan verleen word vir enige nuwe uitvinding wat...

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INTA 2017 Barcelona

INTA 2017 Barcelona

Click here for the INTA Annual Meeting 2018  We are pleased to announce that the Smit & Van Wyk team will be attending the INTA Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain from 20 – 24 May 2017. Most of the INTA meeting events will be held at the Fira Gran Via in Hall 8...

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The Peppadew Success Story

The Peppadew Success Story

The Peppadew story started when Johan Steenkamp first discovered the sweet red pepper at his holiday home in the Eastern Cape in 1993. He saved seeds from the ripened fruit of the mother plant and cultivated them at his farm in Tzaneen, Limpopo. Steenkamp saw...

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UPC Announcements

UPC Announcements

UPC (Unified Patent Court) A single patent court covering 25 countries. January 16, 2017 - The Unified Patent Court (UPC) preparatory committee has announced that the UPC would become operational from December 2017 and working under the assumption that the provisional...

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Law Society of the Northern Provinces

Law Society of the Northern Provinces

Law Society of the Northern Provinces The Law Society of the Northern Provinces (LSNP) is the statutory body governing the attorneys profession in the Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West and Limpopo Provinces. The Law Society however is not an attorney’s office and cannot...

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Lucasfilm Trademark Lawsuit

Lucasfilm Trademark Lawsuit

The Lucasfilm Trademark Lawsuit against New York Jedi and Lightsaber Academy October 2016. Lucasfilm filed a lawsuit for trademark infringement against the owner of New York Jedi and Lightsaber Academy. The businesses previously sought a license from Lucasfilm but...

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Franchising

Franchising

Franchising: When the franchisor grants licensing rights to a franchisee to use the franchise business system. The franchisor will remain the owner of all intellectual property rights surrounding the business system. Franchiser Agreement A franchise agreement should...

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WISA Mine Water Division Annual Symposium

WISA Mine Water Division Annual Symposium

9 - 11 November 2016      The WISA Mine Water Division invites you to the Annual Symposium that takes place from 9 - 11 November 2016 at the CSIR ICC in Pretoria. The symposium theme for 2016 is: Management Options for Mine Water. Symposium speakers will include Nobel...

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Register Business Name

Register Business Name

Register a Company Companies that wish to transact with the formal sector, or that wish to access government support, are required to be registered with the CIPC.  To register a company is simple and inexpensive procedure if you follow the steps...

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The Stapler Invention

The Stapler Invention

A stapler is a device that joins pages by driving a metal staple through the paper and folding the ends. It can also be used to join human or animal tissue together with surgical staples to close a wound. The first known stapler was made in the 18th century in France...

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How to File a Trademark

How to File a Trademark

A registered trademark represents the mark that distinguishes your products / services from others. Trademarks are filed with the intellectual property office in Pretoria an will be subject to certain requirements. A...

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Trademark Registration South Africa

Trademark Registration South Africa

A trademark registration in South Africa is filed with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) in Pretoria, together with details of the applicant, details of the trademark, classes, list of goods and services, and a signed power...

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Registered Design vs Patent

Registered Design vs Patent

South African Registered Design vs Patent A registered design protects the appearance of an article, unlike a patent which protects the invention on which an article is based. Even though the underlying principle of operation may be the same, a new appearance may be...

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