Louw Steyn is an associate in the patent department of KISCH IP and holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria. Before joining KISCH IP, he gained experience in the engineering industry as a mechanical engineer at ArcelorMittal South Africa, where he focussed on plant optimisation, mechanical design, project management, reliability and general maintenance. During this time, he commenced with his studies towards an LLB degree through the University of South Africa. Louw was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2017, and was registered as a South African Patent Attorney later that same year.
Louw specialises in patent specification drafting, patent prosecution and patent litigation. His technical areas of expertise include mechanical engineering, medical devices and computer and information technology-related inventions. He has a wealth of experience in prosecuting patent applications through global patent offices. Louw actively monitors developments of the fourth industrial revolution, and represents various clients in the fields of software-related inventions, “apps”, block-chain related inventions and additive manufacturing.
Louw is part of a team that specialises in medical devices, and focuses on the interplay between mechanical and medical aspects of medical inventions. This focus is specifically on orthopaedic prostheses, surgical tools and devices and advances brought about by development of new materials and methods of manufacture, such as additive manufacturing. Because of his experience in the manufacturing industry, Louw possesses a thorough understanding of design and manufacturing processes, which enables him to advise clients on specific threats within their industries. He also has experience in copyright infringement and unlawful competition litigation.
Louw furthermore has a keen interest in the commercialisation of inventions, and enjoys representing clients during negotiations with investors and potential clients. He forms part of KISCH IP’s in-house, technology landscaping team who, through analytics, aims to inform research and commercial decision-making. Louw has presented various papers on intellectual property in general, including the protection of additive manufacturing, software related inventions and blockchain technologies.