A small firm

with a BIG track record


About Us

Brian Bacon Inc. is an intellectual property law firm, based in Cape Town, South Africa. The firm was established by Brian Bacon in 1998.

Despite our relatively small size, we have established a strong presence on the South African intellectual property litigation scene, especially in patent litigation.

Through a network of agents, we have obtained patent, trade mark and design protection for our clients in over 140 countries.

Where we have filed:

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Countries indicated in purple are countries where we have secured registered intellectual property rights for our clients.

The countries indicated are based on countries where rights have been secured – i.e. not simply on designations in international/regional filing systems.  However, the indicated countries do include countries where rights have been secured by virtue of a country’s membership of a regional patent/trade mark system.

Please note that there are some countries where we have previously secured rights as indicated, but where we are currently unable to file applications due political circumstances, including war and trade sanctions.

Our Services


“Brian Bacon & Associates Inc’s Brian Bacon is outstanding for patent litigation, where the firm represents a number of major generic pharmaceuticals companies. Tim Ball is also recommended.”

Legal 500, 2013

“Brian Bacon & Associates is the main representative for generics, though its relatively small size and commitment to handling Cipla’s heavy caseload mean that there is plenty of generics work to go around.”

IAM Patent Litigation 250, 2012

“This compact Cape Town firm’s sterling reputation on prosecution and contentious briefs has attracted a slew of international patrons, including pharmaceutical, mechanical and electrical entities. Set apart by his determination, drive and focus, ‘brilliant litigator’ Tim Ball ‘consistently delivers fantastic courtroom performances’.”

IAM Patent 1000, 2013

“Generic drug producers are a major focus at this compact firm, which is reputedly ‘the busiest patent litigation practice in South Africa’. It receives a constant flow of work from key client Cipla Medpro, which has a major presence in the country. Recent successes include defending Cipla against two applications brought by H Lundbeck that aimed to prevent the sale of Cipla’s escitalopram generic product. It also defended Cipla in proceedings brought by Servier for infringement of Servier’s patent on the alpha crystalline form of perindopril erbumine, and in an application to revoke Gilead’s patent for a combination of anti-retrovirals emtricitabine and tenofovir. The “highly rated” Tim Ball is a noted presence on South Africa’s patent litigation scene.”

IAM Patent Litigation 250, 2011

“THE FIRM This Cape Town firm has a highly regarded practice in patent litigation, as well as advising on a range of non-contentious patent, trade mark and copyright issues. Its client base features several major names from the pharmaceuticals sector, and the office is particularly well known for its advice to generic drug companies.

Sources say: ‘A firm that’s been dominant in the Cape for many years.’

KEY INDIVIDUALS Patents specialists: Brian Bacon has an excellent reputation in all areas of patent work, from drafting and prosecution to litigation.

Sources commend Tim Ball for his prowess in litigation, especially in pharmaceuticals cases.”

Chambers and Partners, 2013

2014 IP Law Firm of the Year in South Africa

Corporate Intl Magazine

Corporate Intl Magazine