Trod is the former Registrar of Patents at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission and is the Attaché to Africa for the European Patent Office. Trod provides Intellectual Property commercialisation and innovation advice and has global experience and networks in the intellectual property and technology innovation space. He regularly advises across several industry sectors, including advisory on intellectual property, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), technology transfer, including tech merger and acquisitions, IT procurement and data privacy/cyber-security.
Trod is a Registered Patent Attorney and admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Tshwane University of Technology and a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from the University of South Africa.