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Meet 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.


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.

Best Lawyers recognises Rowan Joseph as a leading lawyer in intellectual property law (2021).

Who’s Who Legal features Rowan Joseph as a patent expert (2020).

World IP Review features Rowan Joseph as a leading IP practitioner (2021).

Contact Rowan

Direct: +27 21 526 2800


  • 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)

Focus Areas

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

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)
  • Participant, Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property, Patents (2016 - 2020)