Intellectual Property

Smit & Van Wyk Patent, Trademark & Registered Designs

Intellectual Property in Seychelles

Smit & Van Wyk deals exclusively with Seychelles Intellectual Property including patents, designs, trademarks, copyright and plant breeders’ rights. Our team of Intellectual Property attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources to give expert legal advice regarding your Intellectual Property portfolio. We can assist with the protection, prosecution and enforcement thereof. It is our mission to provide unparalleled service to our treasured clients by developing dynamic solutions which are tailored to suit individual Intellectual Property needs. The key to achieving this lies with our vibrant people, who are eager to go beyond the call of duty.

Patent Attorneys, Patent Registration, Patents

Seychelles patents have a duration of 20 years from date of filing and annual renewal fees are payable from the first anniversary of the filing date. Seychelles is a member of PCT and the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property). 

Seychelles is a signatory of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)The Patent Cooperation Treaty ensures that by filing one international patent application, that applicants can simultaneously seek protection for an invention in other PCT member countries. PCT National Phase entry provides a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect intellectual property in each of its contracting states. 

Seychelles trade marks are valid for 7 years from the filing date and are renewable every 14 years thereafter. Seychelles trademarks that have been registered are easier to enforce than their common law equivalent.

Generally speaking, a trade mark is a name, signature, word, letter, numeral, shape, configuration, pattern, ornamentation, colour or container for goods or any combination thereof that is used to distinguish goods or services from those of competitors and others in the marketplace. 

The most current edition of the Nice Classification of Goods and Services is followed. 

Trademark Attorneys, Trademark Registration, Trademarks

Registered Designs

Seychelles designs have an initial term of 5 years from date of filing, with possible extensions of 2 further terms of 5 years each. Seychelles is a member of the Paris Convention where each contracting state must grant the same IP protection to nationals of other contracting states, and provides for the right of priority in the case of patents, trademarks and designs.

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