The Patent 1000 focuses exclusively on patent practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal patent expertise.
Highly recommended - Individuals: prosecution
First-rate law firm Von Seidels continues to flourish and expand its excellent patent services in South Africa and beyond. Continuing to grow in both capacity and size, its outstanding line-up of attorneys boast extensive local knowledge and a forward-thinking, pan-African patent strategy. Leading the patent practice is Erik van der Vyver, who has a background in electronic engineering and computer science. “Erik is thorough in his work and provides useful, pragmatic advice to clients. He is technically and commercially aware, and is open minded in his approach to IP advice. He is an excellent choice for those seeking patent services on the African continent.” The firm also benefits from a broad prosecution bench including Bastiaan Koster, who has deep experience in the IP space. Focusing his practice on patent prosecution and plant breeders’ rights, he consistently provides cutting-edge legal advice that allows his diverse clientele to gain a significant competitive edge. Ralph van Niekerk and Rowan Joseph recently collaborated on creating a unique multi-jurisdictional patent filing strategy for a top South African university. Technology expert van Niekerk has an unmatched ability to strategically develop large patent portfolios. Easily bridging the contentious/non-contentious divide, Joseph is an esteemed litigator with a focus on advising names in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. Also on the team is biotechnology specialist Sandra Clelland, whose wide-ranging technical background allows her to work seamlessly with clients in academia. Another stellar prosecutor, Gunther Roland focuses on patent acquisition and enforcement strategies throughout the African continent. Commercially savvy and strategic, he assists patrons in making their IP portfolios align with their investment goals. Both a patent attorney and a pharmacist, Llewellyn du Toit recently advised the University of the Free State in creating a multi-jurisdictional patent protection strategy. New to the guide this year is technology enthusiast Stephen Middleton, who is recognised for his role in successfully securing the world’s first patent for an invention with AI as its inventor. Clients across the world seek his skill and expertise in the field of computer-implemented inventions.