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Waldo Steyn


South Africa

+27 823826404


Waldo joined Rouse in 2024 and provides clients with strategic advice on brand development, protection, maintenance and enforcement, as well as copyright, being known for a practical, commercially focused approach to matters. 

Waldo specialises in “image rights” and the treatment of intellectual property in commercial transactions.  He advises clients on creating value in their organisations through the creation, management and exploitation of their IP assets. This includes advising clients on the structuring of their IP holding.

During his career, Waldo has gained extensive experience in IP-related matters throughout Africa and the Middle East, having managed all aspects of the clearance, protection, enforcement and exploitation of IP rights throughout these regions.

Waldo is consistently highly ranked highly by both World Trademark Review 1000 for enforcement and litigation, prosecution and strategy and transactions and IAM Patent 1000.


  • BA (Law) – University of Stellenbosch (1997)
  • LLB - University of Stellenbosch (1999)
  • LLM - University of Stellenbosch (2000)
  • Undergraduate major in political science at UNISA
  • MBA- University of Wollongong (2008) (Top Graduate at August 2008 graduation)


  • World Trademark Review Global Leader 2021
  • Chambers Global Guide 2023 & 2024 – Intellectual Property (South Africa)
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2017-2023 Intellectual Property (South Africa)
  • IAM Patent 1000 2019-2023 Transactions (South Africa)
  • World Trade Mark Review (WTR 1000) 2019 -2024 Enforcement and Litigation, Prosecution and Strategy, and Transactions (South Africa)
  • Best Lawyers 2022 and 2023 – Intellectual Property (South Africa)