Smit & Van Wyk is a specialist Intellectual Property (IP) law firm that deals exclusively with IP law in South Africa and across Africa as a whole. The qualified attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources to give expert legal advice regarding IP portfolio’s and can assist with the filing, registration, prosecution and enforcement thereof.

The firm serves as a portal to the African continent for many foreign associates and multinational corporations. We file patent, trade mark, and registered design applications for our South African clients into foreign markets, while also assisting our foreign clients who wish to file in South Africa or the rest of Africa.


Smit & Van Wyk's fields of practice encompass all aspects relating to:

  • patents;
  • trade marks;
  • registered designs;
  • copyright;
  • franchising;
  • trade secrets;
  • litigation;
  • contractual agreements;
  • non-statutory IP protection;
  • commercial rights attached to each of these forms of IP;
  • consulting services;
  • IP auditing services;
  • IP management services.