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


Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2014

Red Dot has revealed the Design Concept Award winners for 2014. The international panel of jurors awarded 202 design concepts the globally coveted Red Dot. Best of the Best for their Exceptional Design Excellence were awarded to 40 design concepts and 62 concepts were... read more

Rudolf Uhlenhaut

Rudolf Uhlenhaut was an executive and engineer for Mercedes-Benz (Daimler-Benz) from 1931. His designs included the Silver Arrows, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL and the Mercedes-Benz 300SLR but he is best known for his road legal version of the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR... read more

Ralph McQuarrie

Image source: Ralph Angus McQuarrie was born on 13 June 1929 in Gary, Indiana and moved to California in the 1960s were he designed film posters and CBS News coverage animations of the Apollo space program. Ralph McQuarrie became a conceptual... read more