Intellectual Property in Africa
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The Smit & Van Wyk team of experienced Intellectual Property (IP) Attorneys deal with patents, trademarks and copyright law in South Africa and across Africa. Our fields of practice encompass all aspects relating to IP, including litigation, as well as commercial rights attached to each of these forms of protection. We can provide information on the filing requirements in each of the African countries and can also offer information on the various regional IP organisations such as ARIPO, OAPI and the Madrid Protocol. We work with a network of trusted and knowledgeable agents to develop the best possible solution to each of our clients’ IP needs in Africa. For filing requirements in each of the African countries as well as further information regarding the regional organisations and international treaties please refer to the links below.
PATENTS & DESIGNS
Smit & Van Wyk provides a full range of Intellectual Property legal services in all African countries where protection is available. We can provide information on the filing requirements in each of the African countries and can also offer information on the various regional IP organisations such as ARIPO, OAPI and the Madrid protocol. We work with a network of trusted and knowledgeable agents to develop the best possible solution to each of our clients’ needs for trademarks, designs and patents in Africa.
Our team of South Africa Intellectual Property attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources to give expert legal advice regarding your Intellectual Property portfolio. South Africa is a member of PCT and the Paris Convention. We can assist with the protection, prosecution and enforcement thereof.
We deal exclusively with Nigeria Intellectual Property including patents, designs, trademarks, copyright and plant breeders’ rights. Nigeria is a member of PCT and the Paris Convention. PCT National Phase is the last step of the PCT procedure. It follows the international phase and consists in the processing of the international application.
ARIPO Intellectual Property is mandated to grant patents on behalf of the Harare Protocol Contracting States in accordance with the provisions of the Harare Protocol on Patents, Designs and Utility Models. ARIPO is mandated to register marks and the administration of such registered marks on behalf of the Banjul Protocol Contracting States
OAPI Intellectual Property 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.