Trade Marks Attorney (Senior Associate) Senior Associate – Pretoria Patent Filing Specialist – Pretoria Patent Technical assistant

Gauteng, Full Time

Duties and responsibilities
A Senior Associate position has become available at Adams & Adams (Sandton branch) within a dynamic team managing a holistic Intellectual Property law practice, and specializing in trade mark, copyright, commercial IP and entertainment law matters. 
The suitable candidate would be an admitted attorney, ideally qualified as a Trade Marks Practitioner with the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL), and have three to five years post-qualification experience of working in an Intellectual Property law firm.  Also, a passion for IP law, interest in working on matters pertaining to the creative and entertainment industries, and a drive for continued learning and expansion within a dedicated team of likeminded professionals would also be what we are looking for in the successful candidate.
Duties include, but are not limited to: –

Commercial IP knowledge including License Agreements
Conducting audits
Reviewing trade mark portfolios and making recommendations
Assist in Trade Mark filing strategy discussions and due diligence
Prepare trade mark related legal advice and opinions
Manage, coordinate and attend to major trade marks clearance and filing projects throughout the world
Providing opinions, reports and quotes on the registerability of Trade Marks throughout the world, as well as any regulatory or copyright considerations
Preparing and drafting of correspondence including responses to client enquiries and all routine correspondence
Prepare and file Trade Mark applications, attending to registration and post-registration maintenance and renewals
Managing deadlines
Managing a diary
Dealing with urgent matters and client requests
Preparing reports and schedules
Effect portfolio transfers and manage and develop multi-client portfolios
Report official actions, comply with official actions
Address and assist with Classification queries
Updating client standing instructions and A&A’s records
Do research
Prepare marketing material, including articles for publication
Client visits
Ability to attract clients and build relationships

Requirements
Skills and knowledge

Commercial IP Knowledge
Computer literate in Microsoft Word
Excellent language skills (good command of English, both written and verbal)
Must understand the debiting procedures
A meticulous, responsible person with a sense of urgency, who is able to prioritise duties
Attention to detail is essential
A conscientious, loyal and dedicated person, with the ability to think laterally
Someone with a professional attitude
Ability to give clear instructions to a secretary
Prepared to work long hours where necessary
Ability to work independently and under supervision
Ability to handle the pressure of having to cope with large workload
Knowledge of relevant Acts – e.g. Trade Marks Act
Willingness to learn 

Candidate Profile
We are looking to employ a quality candidate with:

The ability and drive to progress
Leadership skills
Commitment
Academic excellence
Enthusiasm and creativity
Integrity and a zero-tolerance for negative intent
Excellent communication skills
Ability to attract and generate work

 Qualification/s

Admitted attorney
Trade Marks experience
Qualified Trade Marks Practitioner, in the process of being qualified (advantageous), or a real intention to qualify as a Trade Mark Practitioner
Experience of working in an IP firm (Intellectual Property) will be highly advantageous
3 – 5 years post articles experience (advantageous)

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