Mr. Bastiaan H. Koster

Country/Region of practice
South Africa
About me

Bastiaan Koster is an accomplished patent attorney and trade mark practitioner. 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 is the partner responsible for the day-to-day management of Von Seidels. Bastiaan Koster’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 and much-valued partner in the Von Seidels 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. Who’s Who Legal – Patents (2014) features Von Seidels and recognises Bastiaan Koster as an individual.

Experience & Qualifications

Technical Specialisms
  • Electrical engineering
  • Software; computer-implemented inventions

FICPI Honour

  • President of Honour

Roles in FICPI

  • CET 6 Software, High-Tech, and Computer Related Issues

    CET Group 6 focuses on IP issues facing innovators in software, high-tech and other computer-related fields.  Group 6 is also responsible for monitoring and staying current with trends related to patent subject matter eligibility issues affecting these technology fields.  Group 6 is the voice and authority within FICPI on issues and trends related to all emerging digital technologies and IP practice-related issues for practitioners representing clients in these technology fields.

  • Member