Mr Tim Ball > Webber Wentzel > Cape Town, South Africa > Lawyer Profile

Webber Wentzel
South Africa

Work Department

Intellectual Property




Tim specialises in Intellectual Property (IP) law, focusing on dispute resolution and transactions. Tim has extensive  experience in patent litigation, particularly in acting for generic pharmaceutical suppliers in matters relating to a broad range of issues, including validity and infringement of claims relating to polymorphs, enantiomers, formulations, fixed-dose combinations, products-by-processes, and second medical uses.

He has also advised on IP rights and managed litigation in several African states on matters involving patents, utility models and trade mark registrations.

Tim has advised on, and drafted IP-related agreements in transactions including a petrochemicals merger, restructuring of the South African businesses of international publishers, and licence agreements with university technology spinoffs.

Although his current practice does not include patent drafting and prosecution, Tim’s experience includes drafting and prosecution of patent applications for technologies including water-powered hydraulic rock drills, roof bolting rigs, mine props and pre-stress devices, box folding machines, marine ballast water treatment processes and equipment, and methods and equipment for growing skin cells for autologous grafts.​


N.D. Eng; Mech, Port Elizabeth Technikon (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), 2000
LLB, University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), 1996
B.Com, University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), 1994
Admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Registered Patent Attorney (South Africa)

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South Africa > Intellectual property

Webber Wentzel advises on the full spectrum of IP services from disputes to M&A issues and portfolio management. It has expertise in a range of sectors including healthcare, technology, agribusiness and transport. Leanne Mostert leads the practice group and is a leading expert in IP exchange control matters. Bernadette Versfeld has extensive litigation expertise and Tim Ball brings significant experience in acting for generic pharmaceutical companies. Christoff Pienaar was a new arrival in April 2022.