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Bastiaan Koster is an accomplished patent attorney and trade mark practitioner. As past president of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) and currently the president of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), he brings significant experience to the table. Bastiaan is the partner responsible for the day-to-day management of Von Seidels.

Bastiaan Koster’s formal training in electronic engineering (pre-law), coupled with extensive experience in matters relating to Plant Breeders’ Rights, has stood him in good stead when it comes to understanding and working with matters of a broad technical nature and their integration with commercial issues.

Taken together with his natural acumen for the law and his noteworthy experience in IP registration, administration, enforcement and litigation, Bastiaan’s approach makes him a highly qualified member and much-valued Partner in the Von Seidels team.

As president of FICPI, Bastiaan is in contact, on a daily basis, with colleagues from various overseas countries. FICPI has more than 5000 members from over 80 countries worldwide. In his role as leader of FICPI, which has a three year term, he has acquired a deep understanding of current global IP issues.

Due to Bastiaan’s comprehensive experience in intellectual property matters, he consults with a wide range of clients on the strategic management of their intellectual property portfolios.

The 2014 Who's Who Legal - Patents features Von Seidels and recognises Bastiaan Koster as an individual.

Contact Bastiaan

Direct: +27 21 526 2800 


  • University of Johannesburg, BEng Electronic Engineering (1983)
  • University of South Africa, BProc (1989)

Focus Areas

> Patent and Trade Mark prosecution
> Registered designs
> Copyright
> Portfolio management
> Licensing
> Plant Breeders' Rights.

Affiliations and Accolades

  • Attorney of the High Court, South Africa
  • Patent Attorney, South Africa
  • Trade Mark Practitioner, (South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)
  • Fellow (and past President), (SAIIPL)
  • President, International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)