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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 matters.

Sandra Clelland’s experience in biotech matters sees her working with many of the firm’s University clients in this area.


Sandra Clelland is a patent attorney and partner at Von Seidels. She is in charge of the firm’s biotech patent practice. She holds a science degree in chemistry and biochemistry and an honours degree in biochemistry. Sandra has extensive experience in the biotech, life sciences and pharmaceutical fields.

Sandra joined the firm in 2011 and is a patent attorney with over 20 years of experience in the patent field, specialising in biotech, life science and pharmaceutical inventions.

Sandra was singled out in the 2010 Legal 500 report on the IP industry in South Africa for her experience in the biotechnology and genetics sectors.

Managing Intellectual Property features Sandra Clelland as one of the Top 250 Woman in IP 2017.

Contact Sandra

Direct: +27 82 923 1281 


  • University of KwaZulu-Natal, BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry (1991)
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal, BSc (Honours) in Biochemistry (1992)
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal, LLB (1996)
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law, Qualified Patent Attorney (1998)

Focus Areas

> Biotechnology and genetics
> Patent prosecution in Africa

Affiliations and Accolades

  • Attorney of the High Court, South Africa
  • Patent Attorney, South Africa
  • Fellow, South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)
  • Patent Examinations Board Member
  • Member, South African Research and Innovation Management (SARIMA)
  • IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property, Patents (2016, 2017, 2018)