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...

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...

Update on INTA’s 2020 Annual Meeting

IMPORTANT NOTICE 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...

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...