Wessel van Wyk

Wessel van Wyk

Patent Attorney

Email: w.vanwyk@svw.co.za

Wessel van Wyk is a qualified electronic engineer, an Attorney of the High Court, and a registered patent attorney. He has 18+ years’ experience in patents and Intellectual Property (IP) law and more than 10 years’ industry experience in the aerospace industry, both in a technical and a managerial capacity. He specialises in all matters relating to protection, enforcement, valuation and exploitation of IP. Wessel also advises major research and academic institutions on their IP Policies.


  • BEng (Electronics)
  • BEng (Hons)
  • BProc
  • SAIIPL (Qualified Patent Practitioner)

Years’ experience:
18+ years

Areas of Expertise:

  • Patents: Electronic, mechanical, engineering and computer related inventions including AI.
  • Registered Designs: Industrial designs, product designs, patterns and packaging.
  • Litigation: Patent and design disputes.


  • Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL).
  • Past director of the Licensing Executive Society (LES).
  • Member of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA).
  • Member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).
  • Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).
  • Member of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA).
  • Member of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI).

Professional Contributions

Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection
Co-author to South African chapter of “Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection”, Kluwer Law International, Ed. Christopher V. Carani.

Awards and Market Recognition

IAM Patent 1000:
The World’s Leading Patent Professionals – Ranked individual for patent services in South Africa 2020.  Quote:
“top professional with an excellent sense of what a great customer service looks like”

Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) 
Listed as an IP Star in 2019 and 2020. 

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