An experienced patent attorney with an aptitude for electronic and computer implemented inventions and patent litigation.
Erik currently heads up the patent division at Von Seidels.
Erik is a South African patent attorney and one of the founding partners at Von Seidels.
With his background in electronic engineering and computer science he advises a large number of established technology companies and tech start-ups on their local and international patent acquisition, prosecution and enforcement strategies.
Erik has a thriving patent drafting practice focusing on software, mobile technologies, mobile apps, electronic commerce, banking, telecommunications, and digital signal processing and related technologies.
His other areas of expertise include:
Erik is the President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) and is a part-time lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Cape Town.
World IP Review features Erik van der Vyver as a leading IP practitioner (2022).
The Legal 500 recognises Erik van der Vyver as a ‘Leading Individual’ (2022).
Managing Intellectual Property recognises Erik van der Vyver as a ‘Patent Star’ (2022).
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“Patent Firm of the Year – South Africa” recognition during Managing Intellectual Property’s awards ceremony held last night in London.
Kit Vaughan, CEO of CapeRay, said: “We acknowledge the contribution of our patent attorneys Érik van der Vyver and Stephen…
SA is the first country in the world to award a patent in the name of an artificial intelligence (AI) as its inventor. The patent was published in…