Rory Moore

Patent Attorney

A patent attorney experienced in technology transfer and IP commercialisation.

About Rory Moore

Rory is a patent attorney with expertise in pharmaceutical and chemical matters.  He has had significant exposure in his career to the “triple helix”, a term which refers to the growing trend of university-industry-government relationships in innovation dynamics.  Before joining Von Seidels, Rory worked as in-house patent counsel for a large multinational corporation, and as director of the technology transfer office of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  He further acted as a legal advisor to the Technology Innovation Agency, which is the primary funding instrument of South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology.  In 2011 he founded a South African intellectual property practice which he ran until 2018.

This diverse background has provided Rory with insights which can benefit clients wishing to co-ordinate their relationships with government funding agencies, universities, science councils and industry.

Rory has worked with numerous start-ups and SMMEs.  He understands the challenges and frustrations of early-stage commercialisation and can provide practical advice.

Rory’s involvement in tertiary level lecturing and his interactions with innovators, designers and entrepreneurs ensure that he stays well informed of local and international innovation trends.

Focus areas

  • Patent specification drafting
  • Patent prosecution
  • IP Due diligence
  • Patentability searches and opinions
  • Patent and IP litigation
  • Registered Designs
  • Documentation for formalising copyright ownership
  • Agreements relating to IP and technology transfer


  • University of Natal, BSc in Chemistry & Applied Chemistry (1989)
  • University of Natal, BSc (Honours) in Chemistry (1990)
  • University of Natal, LLB (1995)
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law, Qualified Patent Attorney (1999)

Affiliations and accolades

  • Attorney of the High Court, South Africa
  • Patent Attorney, South Africa
  • Fellow, South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)
  • ILO Client Choice Winner for Intellectual Property: Patents (South Africa) (2013)
  • Member, Licensing Executives Society International (LES)

Featured in

Von Seidels Awarded

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

BioCiTi IP Session

On the 9th of February 2022, BioCiTi Labs and the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) hosted an Intellectual Property…


Patent attorney Rory Moore chairs the Supporting Entrepreneurship panel session today at the Southern African Research and

TRIPS waiver for COVID

Obligations under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) may be waived under “exceptional…