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, grappling with concepts such as social distancing, travel restrictions, and isolation, all fuelled by economic and health concerns.

We as people are, however, resilient.  This is evident from the massive spikes we have seen in ideas and inventions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The intellectual property community has been flooded with new patent-, design- and trade mark applications directed at solutions to fight the pandemic.

In order to ensure that ideas and inventions are made available to the public as soon as possible, Smit & Van Wyk have committed themselves to prioritising work on COVID-19 related inventions so that patents in this field can be filed within five business days from receiving instructions from clients.  We are further undertaking to file these applications at a reduced rate. We are committed to working  together with inventors and institutions to do what we can to support the international fight against the Corona Virus Pandemic.

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