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


Franchise Convention – 7 April 2016

Franchise Convention  Date: 7 April 2016 The franchise convention is an annual event that takes places one day before the start of the International Franchise Expo. The convention is THE one day in the year where franchise company owners, franchisees and stakeholders...

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Franchise Leadership Summit 2015

In South Africa, franchising contributes about 12% to GDP and there is scope for the growth of this sector. The FNB Franchise Leadership Summit is a premium event aimed at high profile franchisors, high value multi-unit franchisees and stakeholders of the sector. FNB,...

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Young Business Leader Award

Roman’s Pizza CEO John Nicolakakis was announced as a finalist in both the Young Business Leader Award and Young Entrepreneur Award categories, and was recently announced as the joint winner of the Young Business Leader Award, shared with Ashley Uys of Medical...

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