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Janusz's qualifications include a B.Eng (Chemical) and a B.Proc. He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, a patent attorney and a registered professional engineer. Janusz is also a member of several professional, industrial and legal societies. Janusz moved from Adams & Adams to join Hahn & Hahn Inc in 1997. In 2001 Janusz passed the Australian Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys patent drafting examination.
Before joining the profession, Janusz worked in the chemical, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries for a number of years. Janusz's current activities include patent drafting, litigation, searching, providing opinions on novelty and infringement of patents and designs, and prosecuting local and foreign patent and design applications. Janusz is fluent in English, Afrikaans and Polish and reads Czech. Janusz also acts as an IP consultant to Eversheds. He serves on the EXCO of AIPPI South Africa.
Janusz’s technical fields of specialization include petrochemical engineering, food and beverage engineering, pharmaceuticals, catalysis, IT and business method related patents while also handling some mechanical and electrical patent applications.
NOT ONLY has food safety training in South Africa been given a really bad name by those who would turn it into nothing more than a money grabbing business, as discussed recently at a workshop in Jhb, thereby giving every honest & really hard working trainer/consultant in the country a real problem to deal with, but with very, very real food poisoning cases such as the case of
Muzak v Canzone-del-Mare that was heard by the Cape High Court in the 1980’s popping up again on the Internet, showing us all that the Consumer Protection Act is slowly becoming a very real reality, all food businesses ought to start seriously preparing themselves against an onslaught of fictitious food poisoning incidents. Not only will they have those to deal with, but with them will
come an inundation of Food Safety ‘consultants’ creeping out of the woodwork! Here in South Africa people have been under the false impression that the recently released Consumer Protection Act is a waste of time. This could not be further from the truth. Two years ago a talk was attended regarding this piece of legislation and FSISA was told by the visiting speaker to be careful, that it
was a soft law, but that it had teeth! I always appreciated that and whilst I am totally cognisant of Muzak’s pain and discomfort, I’m afraid I have to say that I am glad that this actually happened & that now the rest of South Africa will get to see what consultants such as myself and many, many others have been shouting about all these years! My very good friend and mentor, the incomparable
Prof. Aubrey Parsons would be the first to agree with me on this - that as trainers/consultants we now have to be careful of the new breed of ‘consultant’ that will start to show very soon, as soon as the court cases become prolific enough - such as the one that was heard in 1999 in Lobatse regarding gastro-interitis & bloody diahorrea from pieces of glass found in a can of beer! Oh please!