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How IP is shaping Agriculture

How IP is shaping Agriculture

If we want to look at how IP is shaping agriculture, we first need to understand what IP is, and what it stands for. Intellectual Property is a term that is used to describe the creation of...

Algeria Designs

Algeria Designs

Types of Designs: Industrial Designs Filing Requirements: Simply signed Power of Attorney (must be filed within 2 months of the filing date) Drawings, photographs or 2 specimens of the design...

Algeria Designs

Algeria Patents

Types of Patents: Patents of Invention Patents of Addition National Phase PCT Application Filing Requirements: Non-PCT applications: Simply signed Power of Attorney (must be filed within 2 months of...

Algeria Designs

Algeria Trade Marks

Types of Trade Marks: Collective marks Standard marks  Filing Requirements: Simply signed Power of Attorney (separate Power of Attorney is required for each application) Details of the Applicant...

Domain Names

Domain Names

In simple terms, a domain name is the address through which internet users can access a website, for example, www.companyname.co.za or www.companyname.africa or www.companyname.com. Although these...

Common Law Tort of Passing Off

Common Law Tort of Passing Off

A question that inevitably arises is whether unregistered trade marks are afforded protection in South Africa and if so, to what extent. South African trade mark law is hybrid legal system governed...

Senegal

Senegal

Intellectual Property in SenegalSmit & Van Wyk assists with the protection of Intellectual Property in Senegal, including the filing, prosecution and enforcement of patents, designs, trade...

Cameroon

Cameroon

Intellectual Property in CameroonSmit & Van Wyk assists with the protection of Intellectual Property in Cameroon, including the filing, prosecution and enforcement of patents, designs, trade...

Burundi

Burundi

Intellectual Property in BurundiSmit & Van Wyk assists with the protection of Intellectual Property in Burundi, including the filing, prosecution and enforcement of patents, designs, trade...

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Intellectual Property in Burkina FasoSmit & Van Wyk assists with the protection of Intellectual Property in Burkina Faso, including the filing, prosecution and enforcement of patents, designs,...

South Africa

South Africa

The Smit & Van Wyk team of experienced intellectual property attorneys are able to provide legal advice regarding your patents, trade marks and copyright. We are a specialist...

South Africa Designs

South Africa Designs

South Africa registered designs are split into two sections. 1. Aesthetic design which protects the appearance of an article, irrespective of the aesthetic value thereof (such as cell phones covers...

South Africa Designs

South Africa Patents

South Africa patents have a duration of 20 years and annual renewal fees are payable from the 3rd anniversary of the filing date. South Africa is a member of PCT and the Paris...

South Africa Designs

South Africa Trademarks

South Africa trademarks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and are renewable every 10 years thereafter. In South African trade mark law first-to-use is superior to first-to-file....

South Africa Designs

South Africa

Intellectual Property in South AfricaSmit & Van Wyk assists with the protection of Intellectual Property in South Africa, including the filing, prosecution and enforcement of patents, designs,...

Patent Acceptance in South Africa

Patent Acceptance in South Africa

Patent Acceptance in South Africa – Delay vs Expedited South Africa has a non-examining patent system, which means that once the formal requirements are complied with, a South African patent...

Benin

Benin

Intellectual Property in BeninSmit & Van Wyk assists with the protection of Intellectual Property in Benin, including the filing, prosecution and enforcement of patents, designs, trade marks,...

Tanzania

Tanzania

Intellectual Property in TanzaniaSmit & Van Wyk assists with the protection of Intellectual Property in Tanzania, including the filing, prosecution and enforcement of patents, designs, trade...

Tunisia

Tunisia

Intellectual Property in TunisiaSmit & Van Wyk assists with the protection of Intellectual Property in Tunisia, including the filing, prosecution and enforcement of patents, designs, trade...

Zanzibar Trademarks

Zanzibar Trademarks

Zanzibar trademarks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and are renewable every 7 years thereafter. Generally speaking, a trademark is a name, signature, word, letter, numeral, shape,...

Central African Republic Trade Marks

International and Regional Systems: Paris Convention PCT OAPI Member of OAPI, a regional filing system which covers Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo. A single application automatically covers all countries mentioned above. It is not possible to designate the countries of interest. For more information, please refer to OAPI.

South Africa

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...

Banjul Protocol Update 2020

Banjul Protocol Update 2020

On 15 May 2020, the Government of the Republic of Mozambique deposited its instrument of accession to the Banjul Protocol on Marks.  The instrument of accession is pursuant to a previous resolution...

Uganda Trade Mark Regulations Amendments

Uganda Trade Mark Regulations Amendments

“The Trademarks Act No.17, 2010 was recently amended by the Trademark (Amendment) Regulations No. 9 of 2021”. Uganda has recently amended its Trade Mark Regulations, bringing about several...

South Africa

Protecting Innovations, indirectly through AfCFTA

The African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA is a free trade area founded in 2018, with trade commencing as of 1 January 2021. It was created among 54 of the 55 African Union nations. One of the...

2021 Client Choice Awards

2021 Client Choice Awards

Congratulations to Esmari Jonker on being named a 2021 Client Choice Award Winner! All winners of the 2021 Lexology Client Choice Awards were announced on the 14th of October 2021 and Esmari Jonker...

CIPC File Transfer Notice

CIPC File Transfer Notice

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) File Transfer Notice The South African CIPC has commenced with the second stage of the large-scale file transition to a new bulk storage...