South Africa

Legal Advisor : Intellectual Property

Company Technology Innovation Agency
Reference # TIA06/02/2021
Published 17/02/2021
Contract Type Permanent
Salary Market Related
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) is a talent driven, customer- centric and impact focused organisation. In our endeavour to support technology innovation with socio-economic outcomes; we seek to infuse the organisation with team players that find resonance as value creators, agile thinkers, progressive attitudes, customer-centricity, dynamic work ethic and an optimistic disposition. We aim to harness these attributes in a manner that they culminate into a culture of teamwork, impact and accountability.
In executing its mandate, the organisation provides funding and non-funding support to stimulate innovation so that it provides a catalytic impact to the economy whilst improving people’s lives and protecting the environment. The Agency endeavours to promote the careers of previously disadvantaged persons by applying the principles of the Employment Equity Act, as amended.

To provide intellectual property opinions and advice in respect of the Technology Innovation Agency projects and programmes.
Job Functions Legal
Industries Science & Technology
•Provide input during preparation of the budget in the business unit
•Provide input during the compilation of the monthly report on budget spent for the business unit
Stakeholder Relations Management
•Participate in establishing Cooperative relationship with key legal stakeholders in the organisation and externally
•Provide good Intellectual Property quality services to the stakeholders.
•Engage with industry stakeholders to position the organisation strategically.
Internal Processes
•Provide input in the review Standard Operating Procedures of the Legal Business Unit
•Provide input in the preparation of the Annual Business Plan
•Monitor the turnaround times of legal processes closely and provide continuous feedback to all stakeholders on their projects to achieve the results within specified time frames
•Identify root causes of delays in the in the processes and implement measures to address the delays
•Project information accurately using the relevant information management system
•Conduct Intellectual Property assessment of projects to ensure that TIA’s risks in funding innovations are mitigated
•Prepare or review contracts to ensure inclusion of proper intellectual property clauses to ensure that sound legal agreements are signed
•Governance and Compliance
•Participate in the internal and external audit exercise and identify relevant processes to close the findings.
•Ensure compliance with applicable legislation as required.
•Ensure compliance with regards to the implementation of policies and procedures.
•Proactively identify and address internal and external challenges to protect the organisation.
•A Bachelor’ degree in Engineering (preferably Electronic/Electrical) or Bachelor degree in Science (preferably Physics/Mathematics); and a Law degree
•A minimum of two (2) years’ experience in the technology innovation transfer arena
•Admission as a Patent Attorney or Admission as an Attorney will be an added advantage

Skills and Knowledge
•Local and International Intellectual Property trends
•Laws, legislation and compliance requirements for the various operational aspects of TIA
•Experience in contract analysis and drafting skills.
•Intellectual Property analysis and writing skills
•Project Management Skills
•Advanced computer literacy skills
•Analytical and interpretation skills
•Financial Management Skills
•Research and technical report writing skills
•Communication skills (written & verbal)
•Self-Management skills
•Negotiation skills
Job Closing Date 04/03/2021
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