The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system that rewards creativity, stimulates innovation, and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest. WIPO was established by the WIPO Convention in 1967 with a mandate from its Member States to promote the protection of IP throughout the world through cooperation among states and in collaboration with other international organizations. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.
WIPO’s Member States determine the strategic direction and activities of the organization. They meet in the assemblies, committees, and working groups (WIPO decision-making bodies). There are currently 184 Member States (over 90 percent of the countries of the world). The WIPO Secretariat, or International Bureau, is based in Geneva. WIPO staff, drawn from more than 90 countries, includes experts in diverse areas of IP law and practice, as well as specialists in public policy, economics, administration, and IT.
The recruitment of candidates for career posts at various levels within the Professional and Special categories (marked P or D) is generally effected through vacancies published on our Internet site and the ICSC Bulletin and also advertised in WIPO periodicals and through the appropriate administrations of the member states of the organization. Most of these posts require staff with a legal academic background and considerable professional experience in the field of intellectual property.
Vacancies for posts in the General Service category are advertised in WIPO (open to internal candidates only) and are, in principle, filled by local candidates (i.e., candidates living in the Geneva area or in neighboring France) through a competition process. Only a few competitions are open to external candidates (international recruitment allowed).
WIPO runs an Internship Program and a Fellowship Program.
The WIPO Internship Program is open to students of intellectual property or other branches of law, to young professionals with an intellectual property background, and to graduates in other related fields of interest to WIPO such as science and technology, finance, human resources, economics, communications, IT, international relations, etc., from any region in the world. Interns under this scheme are recruited for an initial period of three months, which may be extended to a maximum of six months. Requirements are:
Applicants should submit a completed standard WIPO Application for Employment Form (http://www.wipo.int/export/sites/www/hr/en/vacancy/pdf/form.pdf) and curriculum vitae to the WIPO Human Resources Management Department (HRMD), together with a covering letter outlining their interest and objectives. HRMD will shortlist for interview those candidates whose qualifications and profile appear best suited to the terms of reference prepared by the employing division and keeping in mind the priorities of the organization.
HRMD will seek to ensure that the internships are accessible to beneficiaries from developing countries and will take account of the desirability of balanced geographical representation. All selected candidates must sign the WIPO Internship Agreement before beginning their internship.
WIPO headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. There are regional offices in Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, and Singapore, and a WIPO coordination office in New York.
Advice for Prospective Hires
Vacancies are generally advertised on our website through the appropriate administrations of the Member States of WIPO and in the WIPO periodicals. Most of the posts require staff with an academic background and considerable experience in the field of intellectual property.
When deciding whether to submit an application, please read carefully the section on the right-hand side of the vacancy announcement wherein are listed the essential academic, experience, and language requirements. Those qualification requirements are considered to be the minimum requisite for satisfactory performance in the position.
WIPO application forms, duly completed and accompanied by a photograph, must reach WIPO by the closing date indicated in the vacancy announcement. The forms may be obtained from our website at the following address: www.wipo.int or from the Human Resources Engagement and Development Section, WIPO, 34, chemin des Colombettes, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland. Fax: + 41 22 338 98 20; e-mail: email@example.com