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Researchers and inventors making use of Innovus’s intellectual property (IP) services have exclusive access to Von Seidels Intellectual Property Attorneys (Von Seidels), our resident IP attorneys. Recently awarded as South African IP firm of the year, Von Seidels is one of South Africa’s leading specialist IP attorney firms, boasting a group of dynamic and dedicated IP experts.

Von Seidels can provide assistance with general patenting, copyright and trademark matters and handle queries in specific technical disciplines such as chemical engineering/materials, electronic engineering, biotechnology and microbiology. In addition, a wide range of IP protection services are offered, including the filing of patents, trademarks, registered designs, copyrights and plant breeders’ rights. They also specialise in IP rights enforcements, licence and technology transfer and IP portfolio management.

Get in touch
Von Seidels attorneys are available for consultations every Wednesday at Innovus’s offices at 15 De Beer Street, Stellenbosch University. Researchers, inventors, staff and students can book an appointment between 9:00 and 16:00 on Wednesdays via one of the following channels:

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Roux de Villiers is an attorney who specialises in advising on transactions involving technology. He practised with the London office of the Washington DC-based Shaw Pittman LLP focusing entirely on technology-related transactions. More recently Mr de Villiers was head of South African corporate firm Werksmans Attorneys’ technology law practice, but has now founded his own specialist technology law practice. He is admitted to practise both in South Africa and in England and Wales.

Mr de Villiers has published on the legal and commercial aspects of technology licensing in books and academic journals, both in South Africa and abroad and he has been extensively involved in the teaching of law as it pertains to technology licensing. In this regard, he lectured for a number of years at the Law Faculty of Stellenbosch University. Mr de Villiers holds degrees in engineering and law from Stellenbosch University, as well as a master’s degree in computer and communications law from the University of London.

He has been involved with Innovus since 2006 advising on its licensing arrangements and technology related transactions.


The Division for Research Development (DRD) is tasked with the advancement, facilitation and support of research at Stellenbosch University (SU).

DRD’s support directly contributes to SU's four institutional goals as described in the institutional plan, in that it strengthens and grows the institutional knowledge base; ensures sustainability (in particular financial); promotes academic staff and postgraduate student success; and promotes diversity through research capacity development and support.