Rowan Forster

"no boundaries"

"no boundaries"

Practical Experience

Rowan Forster is a director at ENSafrica in the intellectual property department. He specialises in patent and design applications, both locally and internationally, with a particular focus on the drafting, filing and prosecution thereof. In addition, Rowan specialises in trade mark filing and prosecution in various jurisdictions, as well as intellectual property litigation. Although he has a background in Chemistry, having practised on his own account for many years, he has experience in a wide range of technologies.

He has represented various clients in, among others, the IT and agrochemical industries, and the security and jewellery manufacturing industries, in various IP-related matters.

Rowan is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:

  • IAM Patent 1000 2014, 2013 – Patents Licensing and Prosecution (South Africa)

Rowan is a member of the following IP associations:

  • LES - Licensing Executives Society
  • INTA - International Trademarks Association
  • AIPPI - International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • SAIIPL –South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law – fellow member


  • B Sc (Hons) (Chemistry and Applied Chemistry) (University of Natal)
  • B Proc (University of South Africa)
  • Registered patent attorney
  • Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Years of experience: 22.00 yrs


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Rowan Forster

patent attorney
+27 83 440 3170

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areas of expertise

intellectual property

Intellectual property (IP), broadly speaking, refers to a class of intangible assets that result from a person’s intellectual or creative effort. South African law recognizes various forms of statutory...



In terms of the South African Patents Act No. 57 of 1978, patent protection may be obtained for inventions which are new and non-obvious, and which are capable of use in the fields of trade, industry...