Izaan van der Merwe

Patent Attorney and Litigator

A patent attorney specialising in intellectual property litigation and plant breeders’ rights.

About Izaan van der Merwe

Izaan van der Merwe is a registered patent attorney, Notary Public and senior associate at Von Seidels.

She specialises in litigation relating to patents, registered designs, copyright, unlawful competition and plant breeders’ rights in the Court of the Commissioner of Patents, High Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, and the Constitutional Court.

She further specialises in all aspects of plant breeders’ rights, the drafting of legal opinions, drafting and enforcement of licensing and intellectual property-related agreements as well as the commercialisation of intellectual property.

Focus areas

  • IP enforcement, in the life sciences field in general and pharmaceutical and agrochemical matters in particular
  • Plant Breeders’ Rights
  • Copyright
  • Unlawful competition
  • Commercial IP agreements


  • University of Pretoria, BSc in Genetics, cum laude (2011)
  • University of Pretoria, LLB, cum laude (2014)
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law, Qualified Patent Attorney (2020)

Affiliations and accolades

  • Attorney of the High Court, South Africa
  • Notary Public of the High Court, South Africa
  • Patent Attorney, South Africa

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Von Seidels Awarded

“Patent Firm of the Year – South Africa” recognition during Managing Intellectual Property’s awards ceremony held last night in London.

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Von Seidels is in Tier 1

We are excited to share that our firm has moved up to Tier 1 for trade marks in IP STARS (Managing IP) 2022 firm rankings for South Africa.