The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation, is looking for qualified professionals wishing to contribute to its distinctive mission of making IP work for everyone.
WIPO Talent Pools
The Talent Pools serve to ensure a pipeline of external qualified candidates for Professional and higher category posts in both programmatic and support areas, for profiles that are regularly recruited for and/or difficult to fill.
Note: WIPO particularly encourages expressions of interest from qualified women as well as from nationals of unrepresented member states and underrepresented geographical regions.
How do the Talent Pools work?
The Talent Pools are open year-round to enable professionals to express their interest in employment with WIPO in a particular domain. The expressions of interest received will be reviewed by our recruiters with a view to:
Note: Registration in one of the Talent Pools does not guarantee employment with WIPO.
If you are a legal professional with an advanced university degree and a minimum of 4 years of working experience (6 years with a first-level university degree) in the field of IP law or one of the other areas listed below, we would like to hear from you.
WIPO employs legal professionals in the following areas:
IP Law Profiles
• Industrial Design
Other Legal Profiles
• Civil and Commercial Law
• Administrative Law
• International Law
• Arbitration and Mediation
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English. Certain positions may require good knowledge of French or another official UN language.
Knowledge of other official UN languages
WIPO’s core values, shaping the future, working as one, acting responsibly and delivery excellence, reflect our aim to achieve an efficient, professional organization in the service of a global public, which values diversity and treats all people with fairness, dignity and respect.
Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment. The post adjustment (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change without notice. The figures quoted below are based on the September 2020 rate of 89.5%.
Annual salary $73,516
Post adjustment $65,797
Total Salary $139,313
Annual salary $60,962
Post adjustment $54,561
Total Salary $115,523
Note: There is a salary range corresponding to each grade; the above figures are based on the starting salary (step 1) for each grade.
Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations. Please refer to WIPO’s Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.
By completing an application, candidates understand that any willful misrepresentation made on this web site, or on any other documents submitted to WIPO during the application, may result in disqualification from a related recruitment process, or termination of employment with WIPO at a later date, if that employment resulted from such willful misrepresentations.
In the event that your candidature is further considered, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of an identification and of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WIPO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link:
http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.
Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening. Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory professional references.
Additional background checks may be required.