The Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. team of patent attorneys in Pretoria has extensive experience in all areas of intellectual property law and can also assist in the filing of foreign applications. A patent is an exclusive right granted by a sovereign state to an inventor for a limited period of time in exchange for the details of that invention. The procedure for granting a patent vary widely between countries according to national laws and international agreements, but a patent application must include claims that define the invention.

In addition, our patent attorneys handle patent searches from various patent databases to establish the novelty of the invention. We have a group of experienced support personnel and we make use of the latest software and technology to ensure efficiency and currency of your application.

Our patent attorneys have experience in biotechnology, biochemistry, bioinformatics and nano-technology in addition to normal engineering and scientific related patents. As such we can also assist in the unconventional types of patent cases.

Information required for Application

If you contact us, we can supply you with an outline which can be used to set out the information described below for patenting purposes.

Details of the invention
We need a full, detailed technical description of the invention in order to draft a patent specification. If you have a prototype or drawings of your invention, this would also suffice, together with a description of the functions it performs and the distinguishing features of your invention.

Details of the inventors
In terms of the South African Patents Act, we need the full names and residential address of the inventor or inventors that contributed inventively to the invention.

Details of the Patent applicant / Patentee
Patents can be filed in the name of a person, such as the inventor, or a legal entity, such as a company. We need the full names of the patent applicant, or patent applicants and their residential address(es), or if the patent applicant is a legal entity, we need the name of the entity and its registered address.

Details of our client
In terms of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, we need to identify who our client is. Therefore, you need to supply us with your full contact details. In this regard, the information needed should comply to the requirements of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act.