Partner, Patent Litigator

4 East Park, Century City
Cape Town

+27 215 262 800

Patent star 2022


South Africa

Practice areas:

Patent litigation
Patent prosecution
Patent strategy & counseling

Industry sectors:

Life sciences
Medical devices
Universities & research

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.



  • 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)


Network Memberships: APAA Participant, FICPI, GIPC Participant, LES, SARIMA


Last updated 1st September 2020