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Copyright Attorneys

Intellectual Property Attorneys

Smit & Van Wyk is an intellectual property law firm located in South Africa. Our copyright attorneys have experience dealing with copyright and trademark related issues. With advances in technology, copyright infringement is increasing, so our copyright attorneys are not only able to provide legal advice on how to avoid disputes, but also regarding the steps to take when you are the victim of infringement. The attorneys at our firm have gained extensive experienced with lawsuits and litigation, although most disputes should be resolved in a cost effective, professional and time sensitive manner. Litigation should be the last resort in any legal battle because of the duration, costs, and complexities involved. The copyright attorneys at our firm are well qualified in intellectual property and law. Our head office is situated close to the CIPC offices in Pretoria, South Africa, and our foreign division will handle all the intellectual property applications, renewals and prosecution cases abroad.

What is eligible for Copyright protection?

In general, any original work made by a qualified person is eligible for copyright protection. Originality refers to the fact that the author must have created the work through the application of the author’s own creativity and labour. In terms of the South African Copyright Act (No. 98 of 1978), the following works, if original, are eligible for copyright protection:

Computer Programs
(instructions directing the operation of a computer)
Literary Works

(eg. novels, poems, textbooks, letters, reports, lectures, speeches)
Musical Works
Programme-carrying Signals

(a programme signal which passes through a satellite)
Published Editions of Books

(usually the first print of a literary or musical work)
Artistic Works
(eg. paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs)
Cinematograph Films / Videos
Sound Recordings
Broadcasts
(electromagnetic transmissions intended for reception by the public)

Contact our copyright attorneys for assistance regarding the registration, protection and licensing of copyright in South Africa.

Posted on 29 March 2016
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Patent Attorneys
It is highly recommended that your claims be written by a qualified patent attorney or patent agent. The patent attorneys at Smit & Van Wyk provide a wide range of patent-related services across multiple industries and fields of technologies, including patent drafting, filing and prosecution.

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Mauritius trademarks recognise the Nice Classification of goods and services, and allows for multi-class filing. Mauritius trademarks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and renewable for periods of 10 years each upon payment of the renewal fee.

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Franchising legal advice is specialised and differs from other areas of law, thus you need find yourself an attorney that specialises in this specific type of law. Franchise attorneys represent the franchisor, as well as the franchisee. 

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