Egypt Trade Marks

Egypt Trade Marks Egypt is a First to File country and whomever first files the trade mark gets the rights. Egypt trade marks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and renewable for further periods of 10 years. Egypt is a member of the Madrid Protocol which...

Lockdown Notification: Plant Breeders’ Rights

Notice to all directorate: Genetic Resources Clients  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 Act Applications in terms of the Plant Breeders’...

Mozambique Patents

Mozambique Patents Patent and PCT National Phase Applications: Mozambique Smit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property law firm in Africa specialise in Mozambique Patents and PCT National Phase applications. Mozambique patent filing options include: Patent of Invention,...

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 worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. There is a great deal of uncertainty and many people are, for the first time,...

ARIPO Patent Filings

ARIPO Patent Filings ARIPO Patents 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...

Update on INTA’s 2020 Annual Meeting

INTA 2020 Updates “We have been monitoring this public health situation very closely and have been following updates from the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health—Singapore. First and foremost, our thoughts continue to go out to all Chinese...

CIPC Official Fees Increase

IMPORTANT NOTICETHE 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...