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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...

Madrid Protocol

Madrid Protocol

International Trademark Treaty The Madrid Protocol is an international treaty designed to simplify the international trademark registration process. Using this process, registrants...

Madrid Protocol

Hague Agreement

Industrial Designs The Hague Agreement is an organisation that facilitates registration and administration of Industrial Designs. A single application covers several countries.  It is necessary...

Nice Classification

Nice Classification

The Nice Classification, established by the Nice Agreement, is an international classification for the registration of marks.  A new edition is published every 5 years and a new version of each...

Patent Cooperation Treaty

Patent Cooperation Treaty

Smit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property law firm specialises in Patent Cooperation Treaty patent filings in most African countries including South Africa, Angola, Algeria, Botswana,...

Madrid Protocol

Southern African Development Community

What is the Southern African Development Community (SADC)? The Southern African Development Community or SADC (pronounced “Sadec”) is an inter-governmental organisation in...

Challenges for Asian Companies in African Markets

Challenges for Asian Companies in African Markets

Entering the African markets can be intimidating for Asian companies, but with the right strategic partners, entry can be simplified and successful. Lack of African market data and statistics is...

Madrid Protocol

African Countries to Invest In

The African continent is a largely untapped market. With 54 countries and an estimated over 1.366 billion inhabitants (16.72% of the world population), Africa presents a valuable target...

Madrid Protocol

Business Development in Africa

Despite the innovation and growth of business development in Africa, a gap remains for foreign goods and services, technology, infrastructure and investment. This makes business in Africa lucrative,...

The Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a significant infrastructure project designed to expand China’s economic involvement on an international scale. Occasionally referred to as the “New Silk...

Madrid Protocol

Intellectual Property protection in Africa

Why it is Important for Asian Companies to Protect Intellectual Property in Africa? Asian companies are shifting from manufacturing to high-tech research and product development. Consequently, Asian...

What is Cybersquatting?

What is Cybersquatting?

Cybersquatting may sound like a strange eviction nightmare, but it is a commercial reality faced by entrepreneurs and corporations across the globe. Cybersquatting refers to the practice of...

Big Data and Data Protection in South Africa

Big Data and Data Protection in South Africa

In 1996, Bill Gates wrote an essay entitled “Content is King”, alluding to how he predicted money to be made through the Internet. As true as that is today, with the advent of big data, artificial...

Patentability of Cannabis Products in South Africa

Patentability of Cannabis Products in South Africa

We take a closer look at the patentability of cannabis products in South Africa. Cannabis products and by-products are taking the South African market by storm.  The question therefore arises as to...

Madrid Protocol

Foreign IP filings into Africa

According to estimates, Africa’s population will reach 2.4 billion by the year 2050. This will, in turn, create considerable opportunities in terms of economic growth which also creates...

Gambia to join the Banjul Protocol

Gambia to join the Banjul Protocol

On 3 May 2021, Gambia deposited its instrument of accession to the Banjul Protocol on Trade Marks. Thus, Gambia may be eligible for designation in ARIPO from 3 August 2021 - Gambia to join the...