Erik van der Vyver

Von Seidels - South Africa

Partner, Head of Patents

4 East Park, Century City
Cape Town

+27 215 262 800

Patent star 2022


South Africa

Practice areas:

IP transactions
Patent litigation
Patent prosecution

Industry sectors:

Computer technology & services
ICT & software

Erik is a South African patent attorney, one of the founding partners and he heads up the patent division at Von Seidels.

With his background in electronic engineering and computer science he advises a large number of established technology companies and tech start-ups on their local and international patent acquisition, prosecution and enforcement strategies.

Erik has a thriving patent drafting practice focusing on software, mobile technologies, mobile apps, electronic commerce, banking, telecommunications, and digital signal processing and related technologies.

His other areas of expertise include:

  • advising on the international transfer of intellectual property rights and preparing applications to the South African Reserve Bank for offshore IP transfers;
  • advising companies on strategically aligning their intellectual property portfolios with a view to acquiring international investments;
  • obtaining granted patents for traditionally more difficult technologies (such as software) in the most challenging international jurisdictions (USA, EPO, China etc.);
  • drafting intellectual property based agreements including licensing, manufacture, research and development agreements; and
  • renewable energy technologies.

Erik is the President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) and is a part-time lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Cape Town.



  • Stellenbosch University, BEng Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (2003)
  • University of South Africa, LLB (2007)
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law, Qualified Patent Attorney (2007)

Network Memberships: AIPPI, FICPI, GIPC Participant, INTA