Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is a specialist legal practice dealing exclusively with intellectual property and copyright 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 copyright and trade mark 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.


Star Trek copyright lawsuit

March 2016. Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios can't claim copyright over the Klingon language, Vulcan's pointy ears, or Phaser weapons, a court heard this week. Earlier this year Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios filed a lawsuit against the makers of the Star Trek...

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Taylor Swift shakes off copyright lawsuit

Jessie Braham claimed that his song "Haters Gone Hate" had the same 22-word phrase that Swift used in her song. Braham said he copyrighted the "Haters Gone Hate" song in February 2013. He claimed in the lawsuit that 92% of Taylor Swift's song came from his song....

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Swedish Police raid Pirate Bay site

On December 9, 2014 Swedish Police carried out a raid in Stockholm, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment. At the same time The Pirate Bay and several other torrent-related websites disappeared offline. Although no official statement has been made, sources...

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