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Vacancy for Senior Associate

Posted on: 23 Jan 2019 144 views
: Senior Associate (Trade Marks Attorney)
: Adams & Adams

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Duties and responsibilities

  • Prepare legal advice and opinions
  • Preparing and drafting of correspondence including responses to client enquiries, routine correspondence, accounting enquiries in accordance with client standing instructions
  • Dealing with urgent matters and client requests
  • Coordinate Trade Marks clearance projects conducting searches and international screening and formal counsel searches
  • Prepare and file Trade Mark applications, including electronic filings with follow through to registration and post-registration, maintenance and renewals
  • Coordinate with foreign counsel on international clearance, filing, maintenance and renewal matters: oversee processing of foreign associates' invoices for payment, and prepare reporting letters to client.
  • Providing opinions and quotes on the registerability of Trade Marks in Africa and international territories
  • Effect portfolio transfers and manage and develop multi-client portfolios
  • Prepare and file Powers of Attorney and letters of instruction
  • Assist in Trade Mark filing strategy discussions and due diligence
  • Report 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

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


Skills and 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


  • Admitted attorney
  • Trade Marks Prosecution experience
  • Qualified Trade Marks Practitioner
  • Experience of working in an IP firm (Intellectual Property) will be highly advantageous
  • 5 or more years post articles experience

Work Level

Senior Management




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