Lockdown Notification: Plant Breeders’ Rights

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 ActApplications in terms of...
COVID-19 Lockdown

COVID-19 Lockdown

Intellectual Property in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic It is evident that the world is facing uncharted territory as a result of the...

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...

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...

Know your IP

IP (Intellectual property) is considered an asset for any business. Intellectual Property is an intangible asset which means that the asset is not physical, it is as the result of human creativity,...

The Yimi™ personal information system

The Yimi™ personal information system provides secure sharing and authenticating of information with service providers. It is an easy-to-use system for transmitting personal information from a...

ANC vs ADeC Logo

Since the African Democratic Change (ADeC) emerged as a new political party in South Africa it’s ADeC logo has drawn much attention because of its similarities to that of the ANC logo. The...

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...

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...

.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...

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...

INTA 2017 Barcelona

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...