Mr. Érik Van Der Vyver

Country/Region of practice
South Africa
About me

Erik is a South African patent attorney and one of the founding partners at Von Seidels.

With his background in electronic engineering and computer science he advises 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 a number of Cape-Town-based universities.

Academic Qualifications

B.Eng. (E&E + Comp Sci)


Hobbies & Special Interests
Here's a list of Mr. Érik Van Der Vyver's interests and hobbies
Exercise / Fitness
Table tennis
Wine Tasting / Collecting
Social Media

Experience & Qualifications

Technical Specialisms
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronics, IT and telecommunications
  • Energy; power generation, storage and transmission; renewable energy
  • Physics
  • Software; computer-implemented inventions
Professional Experience
  • Licensing and IP-related agreements
  • Patent drafting
  • Patent litigation
  • Patent prosecution
  • Registered design prosecution

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
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