Associate in the Trade Marks Department of Adams & Adams, Melissa Scorer, has been announced as the “Chris Job Trade Mark Practitioner of the Year” following the publication of the SAIIPL examination results. Former Chairman and Partner, Chris Job, presented the trophy to Ms. Scorer before delivering a case-study lecture at the firm.
Each year the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) administers and runs the Trade Mark Practitioner examinations. These are practice-based examinations that, if passed, allow the candidate to formally qualify as a Trade Mark Practitioner and automatically become a Fellow of the Institute.
The examinations are tough, consisting of a series of introductory IP examinations and two advanced papers; one on trade mark prosecution and the other focusing on litigation. This is then followed by an oral, adjudicated by three senior practitioners in the industry. It is also only possible to obtain this advanced qualification after a person qualifies as an attorney.
Chris Job, the former Chairman of Adams & Adams has always taken a keen interest in adjudicating, moderating and teaching those that attempt these examinations. He stresses though “My main interest has been and remains, to pass on my knowledge and experience, i.e to teach” and as a result spent much time whilst at Adams & Adams educating. He is now involved in a similar role at The University of Pretoria.