Rowan Joseph

Patent Litigator

One of the leading patent litigators in South Africa with extensive experience in life sciences and pharmaceutical patent matters.

Rowan Joseph’s experience in the drafting and prosecution of patents and litigation experience in pharmaceutical matters sees him leading the life sciences and patent litigation departments at Von Seidels.

About Rowan Joseph

Rowan Joseph is a patent attorney and partner at Von Seidels. His expertise includes the prosecution of local and foreign patents and registered designs. He is an experienced High Court litigator, specialising in chemical and generic pharmaceutical matters.

Rowan Joseph’s expertise includes the preparation and filing of local and foreign patent applications, registered design applications, intellectual property licensing and copyright matters.

Rowan also has an active intellectual property litigation practice which includes conducting High Court litigation on behalf of clients and the drafting of patent infringement and validity opinions, particularly in the field of pharmaceuticals.

Rowan serves as Chair on the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) CET Group 5, focusing on biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields.

Who’s Who Legal features Rowan Joseph as a patent expert (2021).

World IP Review features Rowan Joseph as a leading IP practitioner (2022).

Best Lawyers recognises Rowan Joseph as a leading lawyer in intellectual property law (2022).

Managing Intellectual Property recognises Rowan Joseph as a ‘Patent Star’ (2022).

Focus areas

  • Patent litigation
  • Patent prosecution
  • Registered designs
  • Copyright
  • Portfolio management
  • Licensing


  • University of Cape Town, BSc Chemical Engineering (1989)
  • University of Cape Town, LLB (1993)
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law, Qualified Patent Attorney (1996)

Affiliations and accolades

  • Attorney of the High Court, South Africa
  • Patent Attorney, South Africa
  • Fellow, South African Institute of Intellectual Property Attorneys (SAIIPL)
  • President, South Africa, International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • Chair of CET5, International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • Participant, Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property, Patents (2016 - 2022)
  • Recommended Individual, IAM Patent 1000 (2021 - 2022)

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.

Global Health Innovation

In Rowan Joseph’s article, he highlights areas such as patent status information on medicines and vaccines, and discusses patent information…

IPIC and CTCT 2022

Normally we would be well into the IPIC – IP Industry Cycle tour – at this time of year, enjoying scenic bike rides and socialising with friends from…

Chambers 2022

Chambers and Partners recognises Von Seidels and 7 of our partners in the 2022 edition of the Global Guide. Our firm retained our ranking