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Franchise Agreements

Franchise Agreements

Franchise Contracts and Licence Agreements Franchise agreements are the same. How a franchise agreement is setup depends on the type of franchise being bought and sold. Many countries have specific...

Franchise Agreements

Franchise Attorneys

Legal Representation for Franchisors and Franchisees Franchise attorneys act on behalf of local as well as international clients in the franchise industry. Esmari Jonker is an...

Patent Acceptance in South Africa

Patent Acceptance in South Africa

Patent Acceptance in South Africa – Delay vs Expedited South Africa has a non-examining patent system, which means that once the formal requirements are complied with, a South African patent application will generally be accepted within nine to twelve months from the filing date of the application. Hereafter it is required that the acceptance of the patent is published in the Patent Journal within three months from the issuance of the notice of acceptance. The patent is only deemed sealed and...

CIPC File Transfer Notice

CIPC File Transfer Notice

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) File Transfer Notice The South African CIPC has commenced with the second stage of the large-scale file transition to a new bulk storage...

Privacy rights in South Africa: Data And Cloud

Privacy rights in South Africa: Data And Cloud

Looking at privacy rights in South Africa with the arrival of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) we stand at the verge of a technological revolution, characterised by the digitalisation of...

CIPC File Transfer Notice

Inventor Assistance Program

The recent COVID-19 pandemic did not only have socio-economic implications but has initiated one of the worst financial depressions the world has ever seen. However, as the saying goes, “Necessity...

Difference between a Domain Name and a Website

Difference between a Domain Name and a Website

A domain name is essentially the address which directs users to a particular internet location. This internet location has a unique identifier, the Internet Protocol (IP) address, which would also...

Non-disclosure Agreement and Loss of IP Rights

Non-disclosure Agreement and Loss of IP Rights

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) can be used to avoid the “gentleman’s agreement” dilemma, by legally binding a participant to not disclose/divulge/release the confidential information shared with...

Startup Businesses, IP Rights

Startup Businesses, IP Rights

Why startup businesses need to consider registering their IP rights from the word “GO!” When starting a new business, making a new product, building a new brand or using a new domain name, the first...

Nigeria Plant Breeders’ Rights

Nigeria Plant Breeders’ Rights

Nigeria Plant Breeders’ Rights does not currently have a intellectual property protection for plant varieties or plant breeders, but in 2019 Nigeria has taken the first steps to start the...

Validation of European patents in Morocco

Validation of European patents in Morocco

The system for validating European patents in Morocco introduced under the validation agreement between the European Patent Organisation and the government of the Kingdom of Morocco provides...

Compulsory Licensing in Egypt

Compulsory Licensing in Egypt

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has created a ministerial committee under the Intellectual Property Law No. 82/2002 for compulsory licensing in Egypt. The compulsory licensing mechanism...

Water Research Commission workshop

Water Research Commission workshop

On 20 March 2019, Wessel van Wyk was privileged to present at a Water Research Commission workshop of South Africa. The workshop, entitled “A Framework for Management of IP Emanating From...

365 Ubuntu Climbs with the Renaissance Guy

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...

Congratulations to Jacques and Kim

Congratulations to Jacques and Kim

Smit & Van Wyk would like to congratulations to Jacques and Kim - the candidate patent attorneys at Smit & Van Wyk. We are proud to announce that two of our candidate patent attorneys,...

Know your IP

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

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

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

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

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

.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...

INTA 2017 Barcelona

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...

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