Smit & Van Wyk is a specialist law firm of trademark attorneys. Our Intellectual Property attorneys have expertise in all areas of trademark and copyright law and offer personal service where our attorneys are approachable and readily available to provide assistance. We are strongly committed to our intellectual property clients from anywhere in South Africa, and most African countries. As there is no unified filing system or standard in Africa the countries’ local IP laws differ in respect of:
- the filing requirements;
- their membership to international conventions, such as the Paris Convention;
- whether they are part of either one of the two regional systems, being ARIPO and OAPI;
- whether they are part of the Madrid Protocol;
- whether multi-class applications apply; and
- any other peculiarities that need to be considered in a particular country.
The Nice classification of goods and/or services assists in filing a trade mark application for the correct goods or services as it is an international standard for the classification of goods and services. There is a total of 45 classes (34 goods classes and 11 service classes).
Trademark Services Include:
Smit & Van Wyk attorneys deal exclusively with trademark law in South Africa and most African countries. Our fields of practice encompass all aspects relating to trade mark applications, renewals and protection. Our services includes trade mark searches, prosecution, maintenance and enforcement, but more specifically:
Providing advice on the registrability, selection, use and retention of trade marks; Preparing and prosecuting trade mark applications; Helping clients license or franchise their rights; Handling of trade mark maintenance including payment of renewal fees and recording amendments.
Some intellectual property rights, such as Trademarks, can be protected by registration processes. Trademarks protect new names, shapes, logos and brands.
Contact Details for Smit & Van Wyk trademark attorneys:
012 349 7800
Brooklyn Bridge Office Park