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Smit & Van Wyk is an intellectual property law firm that offers a comprehensive range of legal services, specialising in filing, maintaining and enforcing intellectual property in South Africa and abroad. Our team is comprised of experienced patent, trademark and copyright professionals who, together with our network of trusted agents, pledge professional and exceptional quality service that is timely and cost efficient. 

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Registered Design Renewals

Registered designs (South Africa) must be renewed within the allotted timeframe and must be done on the 3rd anniversary of the registration. There is a six months grace period for the payment of the renewal fees, but it...

Application for Design Registration

Applications for design registrations are filed at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission in Pretoria. Some designs are necessitated by function and others are aesthetic, although it is also possible to register your article for both....

Aesthetic vs Functional Designs

The difference between aesthetic and functional designs are briefly explained below to help you make an informed decision regarding the appropriate section for your specific design. In both cases, a design can only be valid upon registration if...

Scott Summit’s breathtaking Prosthetic designs

Industrial designer Scott Summit founded Bespoke Innovations in 2010 in collaboration with an orthopaedic surgeon, to create breathtaking artificial limbs that the patients themselves can choose and personalize. Summit, who has more than 20 patents...

Registered Designs

A registered design protects the appearance of art, unlike a patent which protects the underlying invention on which an article is based. The appearance of an object may be protected by way of a South African Registered Design. South...

Concept Design

Concept design is a form of illustration where the main goal is to present a design for use in films, games, animation, or products, cars, buildings, before it is put into the final form. Concept design is also referred to as visual...

The International Design Alliance – IDA

The IDA (International Design Alliance) is a venture between the international organizations that represent design and aim to bring the benefits of design to world bodies, governments, business and society. The International Design Alliance...

South African Designed Aircraft – Ahrlac

image source: Ahrlac.com Arms company Paramount Group and aeronautical engineering firm Aerosud unveiled the Ahrlac! (Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft) This is first new combat aircraft developed in South Africa in...

Design Rights in South Africa

Design rights refer to the intellectual property rights associated with the shape, patterns, and configuration of an item, combination of texture, shape and patterns as well as ornamentation associated with an item. Such rights become enforceable...

Design Applications

Design applications don't have not be complicated although the various terms and conditions may become confusing. A South African registered design protects the appearance of an article, unlike a patent which protects the underlying...

Enforceability of a Registered Design

An enforceable right is only obtained once a design has been registered. A design is only registered by the South African Designs Office a few months after filing of the design application. You do not...

How long does a Design Application take?

A Design application usually takes about eight months from the date of filing the application until notification of registration is received from the South African Designs Office. If foreign registered designs are to be applied for,...

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