Colin Truter

Colin attends to a variety of IP related services, including litigation, but focuses primarily in the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent and design matters in South Africa and abroad.  He has experience in drafting and prosecuting applications in various technical fields including mechanical devices, packaging, mining and construction, medical devices, pharmaceutics, polymer processing, process engineering and automation, electronics and information technology.

After obtaining his mechanical engineering degree, Colin worked as an engineer attending to maintenance, operations and projects in the process and petrochemical industries in Sasolburg, South Africa (1994 – 1996), while studying law part-time.

Colin completed his articles of clerkship at Adams & Adams, a large intellectual property law firm in Pretoria, South Africa (1997-1998), while receiving training in various aspects of the drafting and filing of patent and design applications in South Africa.  Following his admission as an attorney, worked in a department attending to patent and design applications in South Africa on behalf of overseas clients and during this time, he was part of the team who established the firm’s practice for filing patent and design applications in other African countries.

Colin became a partner, registered as a patent attorney and was transferred to the firm’s office in Cape Town, South Africa in 2001, where he attended to the drafting and prosecution of patent and design applications in South Africa and abroad, but his work also diversified to include opinion work, due diligence, and searching, filing and prosecution of trade mark applications in South Africa.

In 2005, Colin left Adams & Adams and joined Brian Bacon Inc and continued to work in all the fields he worked in previously, focused on patent drafting and prosecution, but also diversified his practice further to include commercial drafting work and patent and trade mark litigation in South Africa.

Subsequently, Brian Bacon Inc has grown to the extent that allowed him to focus more on the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in South Africa and especially abroad.  His extensive track record in this regard has allowed him to gain experience in wide ranging technical fields and also in patent prosecution strategies.

  • Academic Qualifications

    B.Eng (mechanical engineering) University of Stellenbosch, South Africa 1993
    B.Proc (law) University of South Africa, 1998
    LLM (master of laws) University of South Africa, 2008

  • Admissions

    Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
    Patent Attorney (South Africa)

  • Professional Memberships

    Cape Law Society
    Fellow, South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law
    International Trade Mark Association