WIPO is seeking a Senior Legal Officer

World Intellectual Property Organization is seeking a Senior Legal Officer, P4 (21126-FT)

Contract Duration: 1 Year (Initial period of one year, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance.  No fixed-term appointment or any extension hereof shall carry with it any expectancy of, nor imply any right to, (further) extensions or conversion to a permanent appointment.)

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Application Deadline: July 13, 2021, 5:59:00 PM

Important Notice Regarding Application Deadline: Please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant’s location.

Type of Position: Full-time

Organizational Context

Organizational Setting:

The post is located in the Legislative, Policy and Technology Advice Section (LPTAS) of the Patent and Technology Law Division, Patents and Technology Sector. The Division is responsible for the implementation of WIPO’s strategic goals concerning the balanced evolution of the international normative framework for intellectual property in the area of patents, utility models, undisclosed information/trade secrets and layout designs (topographies) of integrated circuits, and for providing legislative and policy assistance to Member States in drafting and updating their national legislation and Intellectual Property Offices Rules and Regulations in these fields of IP.

Purpose Statement:

The main role of the incumbent is to act as the LPTAS’ specialist advisor and to independently conduct legal research and analyses on various legal issues related to patents, utility models, technology, trade secrets and layout designs of integrated circuits, and formulate and provide legal, legislative and policy advice and assistance to Member States, and to support the initiation and implementation of strategies in new areas of the law related to these fields.

Reporting Lines:

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head of the Legislative, Policy and Technology Advice Section.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

  • Prepare comments on, and provide legal opinions and advice to Member States on legal texts, draft bills, draft rules and regulations and other documents by interested countries on patents, utility models, trade secrets, and integrated circuits or other areas of the law as requested.
  • Undertake fundamental research, and analyze the needs of countries, or groups of countries, on patents, utility models, trade secrets, and integrated circuits or other areas of the law as requested.
  • Develop and lead studies, as requested, in strategies in new areas of the law related to patents, utility models, trade secrets and integrated circuits.
  • Draft and provide input to guides, legal opinions, publication and other documents pertaining to the functions and activities of the work unit.
  • Supervise more junior staff, as requested, in producing high quality and timely legislative and policy advice for Member States, particularly for larger, more complex intellectual property projects.
  • Maintain contacts with authorities of countries or groups of countries in all regions as well as with the United Nations agencies and other partner institutions.
  • Coordinate activity, as appropriate, with other WIPO Sectors involved in the activity of the work unit.
  • Coordinate and participate in internal and external training and awareness-raising activities, seminars and workshops; this includes organizing those meetings and delivering training and presentations.
  • Coordinate and participate in conferences and meetings organized by Member States, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations; this includes provision of legislative and policy advice and assistance with respect to the law of patents, utility models, undisclosed information/trade secrets and layout designs (topographies) of integrated circuits.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Education (Essential):

Advanced university degree in law. A first-level university degree in law or related disciplines, plus two years of relevant experience in addition to the years of experience requested below may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Education (Desirable)

Specialization in intellectual property law.

Experience (Essential):

  • At least seven years of relevant professional legal experience including in the field of intellectual property in the public or private sector, with specific experience in the field of patents and technology.
  • Experience with legal research projects in the field of patent and technology law.

Experience (Desirable):

  • Relevant professional experience at the international level.
  • Relevant professional experience in the fields of utility models, undisclosed information/trade secrets and layout designs (topographies) of integrated circuits.
  • Experience in patent prosecution.

Language (Essential):

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

Language (Desirable):

Knowledge of other official UN languages.

Job Related Competencies (Essential):

  • Ability to analyze legal questions and draft legal texts.
  • Sound knowledge of applicable legal principles of industrial property law.
  • Ability to conduct research independently and present results in a clear and logical form.
  • Excellent time management and work organization skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) and the internet, and the ability to adapt quickly to new software.

Organizational Competencies

  • Communicating effectively.
  • Showing team spirit.
  • Demonstrating integrity.
  • Valuing diversity.
  • Producing results.
  • Showing service orientation.
  • Seeing the big picture.
  • Seeking change and innovation.
  • Developing yourself and others.

Interested Candidates:

Interested candidates are asked to Apply Online.

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About World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO):

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation. WIPO is a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 193 member states.

WIPO’s mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. WIPO’s mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.

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