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  • Von Seidels Turns 10

    With Four New Partners and Five New Professionals

    Von Seidels celebrates a decade long journey with all the founding members still here. Four attorneys have been promoted to partner and five new professionals have joined the firm. Read more in our news section.

  • Meet Ralph van Niekerk

    Patent Attorney

    An experienced patent attorney with an aptitude for commercial IP issues coupled with broad knowledge and understanding of African and international IP matters.

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  • Meet Sandra Clelland

    Patent Attorney

    An experienced patent attorney in a very broad range of Intellectual Property matters, with a focus on biotech and chemical patent prosecution for local and international clients.

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  • Meet Bastiaan Koster

    Patent Attorney and Trademark Specialist

    An approachable legal leader, accomplished patent attorney and trademark practitioner with broad understanding of the African and international IP landscapes, consummate in a very wide range of Intellectual Property matters.

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  • Meet Christine Strutt

    Copyright and Trademark Attorney

    A dynamic trademark attorney with a commercial focus on intellectual property, Christine’s background in law and marketing sees her focusing on strategic brand management.

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  • Expanding into Africa

    Von Seidels’ Joint Venture for IP in Africa - Rouse Africa

    Von Seidels entered into a joint venture in 2015 with global IP firm, Rouse. All Africa IP matters outside of South Africa are handled by our joint company, Rouse Africa, by the same professional team as before. Our structure and services in South Africa have not changed. Our firms have not merged. Read more in our news section.


Von Seidels is an intellectual property law firm based in Cape Town, with satellite offices in Somerset West and Johannesburg, South Africa. We specialise in protecting and enforcing IP rights in South Africa and Africa.

Von Seidels is Africa's only ISO 9001 certified IP firm.

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Latest News

Our 10th Anniversary, New Partners and Professionals

Von Seidels celebrates 10 years. Four attorneys have been promoted to partner: Gunther Roland, Llewellyn du Toit, Claire Brown and Hugo Prinsloo. We also have five new professionals bringing our firm up to 75 people.

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