Ralph van Niekerk

Von Seidels - South Africa

Partner, Patent Attorney

4 East Park, Century City
Cape Town

+27 215 262 800

Patent star 2023


South Africa

Practice areas:

IP transactions
Patent litigation
Patent prosecution

Industry sectors:

Computer technology & services
ICT & software

An experienced patent attorney with an aptitude for complex patent prosecution and commercial IP issues coupled with a broad understanding of international IP matters.

Ralph van Niekerk’s interest in high technology companies sees him advising clients on strategic patent and commercial IP issues at Von Seidels. 

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.



  • 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)
  • Stanford Law School (USA), LLM, Science & Technology (2008)

Network Memberships: AIPLA, FICPI, INTA, IPO Participant, LESI