Please note that all employees at Smit & Van Wyk are set up to work from home and therefore we, as a firm, will remain operational and available during the South African lockdown. Lockdown will be implemented from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020 and will last until midnight of Thursday 16 April 2020.

The South African Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has issued a formal notice that they will be closed from Wednesday 25 March to Thursday 30 April 2020 as a result of the national lockdown following COVID-19.

The dates from 25 March 2020 to 30 April 2020 will be regarded as dies non for the purposes of the Trade Marks Act, 1993; Patents Act, 1978; Design Act, 1993; Copyright Act, 1978 and Registration of Copyright in Cinematograph Film Act, 1977.

Having said that, the 1st of May 2020 is a public holiday in South Africa and therefore the 1st of May will also be classified as dies non. All filings will therefore be processed on Monday 4 May 2020.

Smit & Van Wyk will be available to deal with all enquiries and will be able to fully prepare all applications up to the point of filing, which will be done as soon as CIPC is open.

For any further information or enquiries please email

Lockdown Notice