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Meet Gunther Roland

Patent Attorney

A patent attorney and head of our African patent and designs practice.


Gunther Roland is a South African patent attorney and partner at Von Seidels.

In addition to being a South African patent attorney, Gunther is also a qualified Namibian attorney and registered ARIPO representative. Gunther heads up the African patent and industrial designs practice and as such advises both start-ups as well as multinational companies on their African patent acquisition, prosecution and enforcement strategies.

Gunther has a growing patent drafting and prosecution practice both for local and international clients focusing primarily on mechanical, electronic and civil inventions including medical devices and computer implemented technologies.

Gunther also regularly advises companies on international transfer of intellectual property rights, drafts intellectual property based agreements including licensing, manufacture, research and development as well as acquisition, and advises companies to strategically align their IP portfolios to attract investment.

Contact Gunther

Direct: +27 21 526 2800


  • Stellenbosch University, BEng Civil (2008)
  • Stellenbosch University, LLB (2011)
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law, Qualified Patent Attorney (2015)

Focus Areas

> Patent drafting and prosecution
> Registered design and utility model applications
> Copyright
> Portfolio management
> Contractual and transactional IP issues
> Patent and design searching

Affiliations and Accolades

  • Attorney of the High Court, South Africa
  • Patent Attorney, South Africa
  • Attorney of the High Court, Namibia
  • Fellow, South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)
  • Official ARIPO Representative
  • Member, VPP (Association of Intellectual Property Experts, Germany)