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 Smith, passed the Drafting of Patent Specifications examination set by the South African Patent Examination Board...

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...

Patent Registration in Malaysia

Patent Registration in Malaysia International Patents Malaysia’s intellectual property laws generally conform with international standards and provide adequate protection for trade mark owners. The establishment of the Intellectual Property Court in Malaysia bears...

Patent Registration in Australia

Patent Registration in Australia  International Patents Patents in Australia are granted and administered by IP Australia. Your invention must be unique, inventive or innovative in order to be patented. A standard patent gives you long-term protection and control over...

Patent Registration in China

Patent Registration in China  International Patents Patents in China are granted and administered by the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO). Intellectual property in China may be enforced by administrative authorities or through civil or criminal...