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Bastiaan Koster
Patent Attorney and Trade Mark Specialist

Bastiaan is a Director of Rouse Africa, based in South Africa. He is a registered South African Patent Attorney and Trade Mark Practitioner handling many aspects of IP rights protection and enforcement in Africa.

Bastiaan is a Director of Rouse Africa, a registered South African Patent Attorney and Trade Mark Practitioner.

Bastiaan is also a Founding Partner at South African IP firm, Von Seidels. Prior to that, he was a Partner in the IP practice at Bowman Gilfillan, a large South African commercial law firm.

Bastiaan is an approachable legal leader, consummate in a very broad range of IP matters. His broad understanding of the African and international IP landscapes sees him working with clients on both patent and trade mark matters.

As past President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) and past President of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), he brings significant experience to the table.

Bastiaan’s formal training in electronic engineering (pre-law), coupled with extensive experience in matters relating to plant breeders’ rights, has stood him in good stead when it comes to understanding and working with matters of a broad technical nature and their integration with commercial issues.

Taken together with his natural acumen for the law and his noteworthy experience in IP registration, administration, enforcement and litigation, Bastiaan’s approach makes him a highly qualified member in the Rouse Africa team.

Due to Bastiaan’s comprehensive experience in intellectual property matters, he consults with a wide range of clients on the strategic management of their intellectual property portfolios. In his long-standing involvement in FICPI, he has acquired a deep understanding of current global IP issues.

Professional qualifications

  • BEng Electronic Engineering (1983), University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • BProc (1989), University of South Africa
  • Attorney of the High Court, South Africa
  • Patent Attorney, South Africa
  • Trade Mark Practitioner, South Africa

Accolades

  • Managing Intellectual Property, 2015: Named as an 'IP Star’
  • IAM Patent 1000, 2015: Listed as ‘Recommended’
  • Chambers Global, 2015: Recognised as a ‘Ranked Lawyer’
  • Who's Who Legal: Patents, 2014: Recognised as an individual

Professional memberships

  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)

Personal interests