Patent Attorneys

Patent Attorneys

We are Patent experts in Africa… your ideas must be managed and protected to add value to your business

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is a specialist IP law firm dealing exclusively with patents, trademarks and copyright in South Africa. Our specialised team of attorneys also cover other aspects of intellectual property law.

The patent attorneys at our firm offer our clients the highest service levels and bring a wealth of experience to all matters that they handle.

How can we help you?

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. patent attorneys can help identify the intellectual property of your business. Together we can develop a strategy aligned with your business objectives and implement it efficiently and cost effectively. Our approach is holistic and is built around your particular demands. It is important that we capture and protect your patents before you publish. This is critical for key technologies.

By understanding your technology, our patent attorneys can propose a complete strategy of patent protection and enforcement for your inventions.

Patent Attorney Services:

General advice regarding optimising your patent portfolio.
Investigating the patentability of your inventions.
Preparation of patent specifications.
Filing and prosecuting patent applications in South Africa, and most African countries.
Filing and prosecuting international patent applications via PCT and Paris Convention.
Advice on licensing and assigning patents.
Patent litigation and conflict resolution. 

ANGOLA

Paris Convention 
PCT 

BOTSWANA

Paris Convention
PCT & ARIPO

EGYPT

Paris Convention
PCT

NAMIBIA

Paris Convention
PCT & ARIPO

NIGERIA

Paris Convention
PCT

SA

Paris Convention
PCT

ARIPO

ARIPO was established to pool the resources of its member African countries in industrial property matters together in order to avoid duplication of financial and human resources. ARIPO promotes the harmonization and development of the industrial property laws, and matters related thereto, appropriate to the needs of its members and of the region as a whole. All current Harare Protocol Contracting States are also signatory to the PCT. Contacting States: Botswana · Gambia · Ghana · Kenya · Lesotho · Liberia · Malawi · Mozambique · Namibia · Rwanda · Sào Tomé and Príncipe · Sierra Leone · Sudan · Swaziland · Tanzania · Uganda · Zambia · Zimbabwe

OAPI

OAPI is a union of predominantly French-speaking countries with a single Intellectual Property Office that is situated at Cameroon, with common intellectual property laws effecting all member countries. OAPI is a member of the International Convention and PCT. It’s 16 member states are mostly French-speaking countries, but the official languages of the organisation are French and English. OAPI centralises all procedures for issuing industrial property rights such as patents and trade marks that are valid in all member countries. Deposits made with the administration of one of the Member States or the Organisation national filing in each Member State.  It is NOT possible to obtain national registrations in these countries. Designation of specific countries is NOT required. Contracting States: Benin · Burkina Faso · Cameroon · Central African Republic · Chad · Congo ·  Côte d’Ivoire · Gabon ·  Guinea · Guinea-Bissau · Equatorial Guinea · Mali · Mauritania · Niger · Senegal · Togo.