Ralph is a patent attorney and partner at Von Seidels. His expertise includes patent prosecution, litigation and technology licensing for a broad range of clients. His particular focus is in the ICT, software and electronics industries where he has extensive experience in developing and managing large patent portfolios. His clients range from start-ups and universities to global technology companies.
Ralph holds undergraduate degrees in electronic engineering, computer science and law, and holds a Master of Laws from Stanford Law School. As one of the few practising South African patent attorneys with a United States IP law qualification, Ralph offers clients valuable insight into IP matters in the US.
He is also in charge of quality standards at Von Seidels and spearheaded the firm’s ISO 9001 certification.
Best Lawyers recognises Ralph van Niekerk as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Intellectual Property Law South Africa and as a leader in Technology Law (2022).
World IP Review features Ralph van Niekerk as a leading IP practitioner (2021).
The Legal 500 recognises Ralph van Niekerk as a ‘Leading Individual’ (2021).
Managing Intellectual Property recognises Ralph van Niekerk as a ‘Patent Star’ (2021).