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Intellectual Property

South Africa

Patent Attorneys

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The Smit & Van Wyk qualified and experienced patent attorneys deal exclusively with patent, trademark and copyright law in South Africa and abroad. If your invention is new, inventive and useful, generally, a patent may be granted for the invention in terms of South African Patent Law. Although novelty can never be determined conclusively, an indication of the novelty of your invention may be found by conducting patent and literature searches. Our patent services covers all African countries where protection is available. Smit & Van Wyk is based in Pretoria but we represent our clients from all over the world by method of telephone, email and video conferencing. The South African Patent Office (CIPC) and High Court is situated in Pretoria.

Our Patent Attorneys Services Include:
  • Preparing and prosecuting patent and PCT applications.
  • Advising on the patentability of inventions.
  • Helping clients license, franchise or assign their rights.
  • Conducting patent searches.
  • Handling the payment of maintenance fees.
  • Recording amendments to a patent.
  • Translating patent specifications into local languages.

Our patent attorneys specialise in the identification, protection, prosecution and enforcement of patents in Africa. Our registered patent attorney’s cover a number of technical disciplines, including: mechanical, electrical, electronic and software engineering as well as biotechnology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and chemical engineering.

South Africa is a member of the PCT and Paris Convention treaties. A patent PCT application will ensure that by filing one international patent application, that applicants can simultaneously seek protection for an invention in other PCT member countries. As a patent law firm, our experts litigate on these matters, and further, advise on IP valuation, licensing and related commercialisation aspects. With a passion for development in Africa, our patent department has built a trusted network of African agents over the past decade which allows us to extend these service offerings across the African continent.

What We Can Do For You

South Africa

South Africa

We assist with the filing, prosecution and enforcement of your patent, design, trade mark and plant breeders’ rights in South Africa. Copyright dispute resolution and litigation. Franchise agreements and negotiation. Company registrations. Domain name registration and protection.

Patents in Africa, Trademarks in Africa

File in Africa

Foreign clients who wish to file patent, design and trade mark applications in South Africa and across Africa (including OAPI and ARIPO). Our firm acts as a patent agent as well as a trade mark agent for foreign clients who wish to protect their Intellectual Property in Africa.

World, International Protection

International Protection

Local clients who wish to file and protect patent , design and trade mark applications internationally. Our services include the search, filing and renewal of patents and trade marks in foreign markets such as Australia, China, the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, etc.

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