South Africa

Legal Advisor: Intellectual Property

Company Technology Innovation Agency
Reference # TIA02/01/2019
Published 14/01/2019
Contract Type Permanent
Salary Market Related
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) is a talent driven and customer- centric organisation. In our endeavour to support technology innovation, we would like to attract the best minds that are innovative, optimistic game changers and think beyond the obvious. Technology Innovation Agency endeavours to promote the careers of previously disadvantaged persons by applying the principles of the Employment Equity Act, as amended.

Job Purpose: To provide intellectual property opinions and advice in respect of TIA’s projects, platforms and programmes and to generally provide guidance to the TIA internal environment regarding all intellectual property matters to ensure that TIA’s rights are secured.
Job Functions Legal
Industries Science & Technology
•Providing quality support and advice to TIA platforms, projects and business units regarding intellectual property matters through amongst other things, novelty and infringement searches and advice on appropriate intellectual property strategies.
•Drafting of reports regarding the outcomes of the abovementioned intellectual property searches and assessments.
•Assisting in the drafting and review of contracts and the resolution of disputes from an intellectual property point of view.
•Attending meetings and consultations with internal and external clients and stakeholders and providing necessary input on intellectual property matters.
•Interfacing with and monitoring the work of external intellectual property attorneys acting on behalf of TIA.
•Attending investment committee meetings and providing intellectual property advice.
•Participating in internal and external workshops and seminars to articulate TIA’s position regarding intellectual property matters and create awareness of intellectual property issues.
•A science or engineering degree
•Admission as an attorney
•Admission as a patent attorney
•At least 4 years experience in a technology innovation and commercialisation environment of which at least two years must be post admission as a patent attorney

•Management skills
•Persuasion skills
•Negotiation skills
•Problem solving skills.
•Legal analysis and report writing skills
•Knowledge of local and international intellectual property trends
•Knowledge of the regulatory environment within which TIA operates
•Knowledge of technology commercialisation trends
Job Closing Date 18/01/2019
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