• Posted:10 June 2019
  • Location:Pretoria, South Africa

The firm has a vacancy for an Associate in the Trade Mark Formalities department dealing with the formal aspects of a Trade Mark practice. Applicants should have at least passed the initial Institute exams but it should be noted, that preference will be given to those applicants who are Trade Mark Practitioners. A Notary Public would have a distinct advantage. The duties of the role are included below for ease of reference.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assisting the Trade Mark Practice Manager with the management of a staff complement of 75
  • Backup for the partner responsible for Formalities (legal/merit issues);
  • Responsibility for dealing with any formal work which may have a legal component, including opinions relating to filing of applications, renewals, reclassifications, trade mark recordals (including hypothecations and licence agreements), domain name and company name reservations;
  • Monitoring of amendments to trade mark law across the world but in particular in the Southern African territories;
  • Ensuring that trade mark internal databases and workstreams are maintained in line with legislative amendments;
  • Responsibility for the internal database forms (i.e. amendment to forms, correction of forms such as reference to the correct regulations, etc.) in conjunction with the TM Practice Manager;
  • Signing and commissioning of official documents;
  • Responsibility for finalisation of all fee sheets (client hand-outs and the maintenance of official fees); and
  • Liaison with neighbouring states agents and officials (in conjunction with the partner responsible for the country);
  • Conducting ad hoc tasks and managing TM related projects as requested by the Formalities Partner.

Qualifications and Experience

  • An LLB degree;
  • Registration as an Attorney with the Legal Council of South Africa;
  • Completion of part 1 of the SAIIPL exam;
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have at least 2 years experience as a Trade Mark attorney.

Knowledge and Skills

  • People management and development skills;
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Deadline oriented and able to work under pressure;
  • Multi-tasking and prioritising;
  • Tenacity and grit.

Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act and in line with Spoor & Fisher’s Transformation Policy.

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