Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is a specialist legal practice dealing exclusively with intellectual property and patent law in South Africa. Our fields of practice encompass all aspects relating to patents, trade marks, industrial designs and franchising, including litigation, as well as providing advice on the commercial rights attached to each of these forms of protection.

The patent attorneys at our firm are skilled in their fields of practice and can provide clear advice on complex legal matters to clients from all over the world. Our experienced support staff, aided by state-of-the-art software, ensure that we remain efficient and up to date.


The Patent Cooperation Treaty

The Patent Cooperation Treaty, known in short as PCT, was established in 1970 by several member states as an international law treaty to provide a unified manner for patent application filing. The Patent Cooperation Treaty also endeavours to protect patented... read more

Fathers of the Internet

Donald Watts Davies, Vinton Gray Cerf and Bob Kahn co-invented the two original protocols of the Internet protocol suite, TCP/IP protocols in 1973, and are considered to be the Fathers of Internet. Internet pioneer Vinton Gray Cerf was born on 23 June 1943 and is... read more

The Christmas Tree Invention

A decorated tree associated with the celebration of Christmas. The invention of the Christmas tree is not Patented but there are a number of speculative theories as to where the Christmas tree came from. The modern Christmas tree seems to have originated during the... read more