All Von Seidels patent partners are recognised again in the Patent 1000
Von Seidels has maintained its position as a recommended and ranked patent law firm in South Africa, and all of our patent partners feature again in the individual rankings and firm review. Read the review of Von Seidels published by IAM Patent 1000 below:
Feedback for chemical and pharmaceutical patent litigator and prosecutor par excellence Rowan Joseph helps to explain the enduring popularity of Von Seidels. “Patent strategy is complex and in order to decide how best to protect an innovation, you have to fully understand your product, your markets and your business risk. Rowan always goes the extra mile to listen to his clients and to ask all the right questions so that he can formulate the best IP strategy. It feels like he owns the products and designs with you. It is always astounding how quickly he understands the technology and how effective he is at working with design engineers.” These traits of critical business thinking, technical nous and a personal approach are shared by many, creating a team that puts clients first in every sense. Inspiring them as group head is Erik van der Vyver, a prosecutor distinguished by extensive industry insight and cutting-edge international IP expertise. Recommended alongside him for prosecution, Gunther Roland, Bastiaan Koster, Ralph van Niekerk and Sandra Clelland all bring something special to the mix. Roland has a flair for using portfolio management techniques to tee up his clients in the most commercially advantageous market positions; Koster draws on his time as president of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) to provide his patrons with a truly global and strategic outlook; van Niekerk is a Stanford Law master’s graduate with deep knowledge of South African, US and international patent law; and Clelland has an intimate appreciation of the needs of and challenges faced by universities as they innovate in the biotechnology domain. Thanks to their collective efforts, the ensemble has become one of the largest Patent Cooperation Treaty filers and the third largest filer in South Africa. Von Seidels also maintains a well-formed transactions practice, which is home to eminent specialist Llewellyn du Toit, who previously served as an IP consultant with a leading technology transfer office. He loves getting into the nitty-gritty of complex innovations in the pharmaceutical and medicalfields.
We are thankful to our clients and peers from around the globe for their year-on-year support and congratulate our fellow industry leaders featured in the Patent 1000.