Call for Applications - Patent Information Specialist

Patent Information Specialist

Location:  Geneva, Switzerland

Working time: 100%

Contract: Permanent


The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is a United Nations-backed public health organisation working to increase access to, and facilitate the development of, life-saving medicines for low- and middle-income countries. Through its innovative business model, MPP partners with civil society, governments, international organisations, industry, patient groups, and other stakeholders, to prioritise and license needed medicines and pool intellectual property to encourage generic manufacture and the development of new formulations.

To date, MPP has signed agreements with 21 patent holders for HIV antiretrovirals, an HIV technology platform, hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals, a tuberculosis treatment, long-acting technologies, and COVID-19 antiviral treatments and technologies.

MPP has positioned itself as a leading provider of IP information on essential medicines and other health products for the global health community through its flagship database MedsPaL, which expanded in recent years with the creation of VaxPaL for COVID-19 vaccines patents and LAPaL for long-acting technologies. These databases are key enablers of MPP’s work and contribute to accelerating access to health treatment and technologies world-wide.

To strengthen our Patent Information Team, we are looking for a Patent Information Specialist to help manage and further develop MPP’s suite of patents and licenses databases on medicines, vaccines and technologies, referred hereafter as the MPP PaLs, and undertake patent searches and patent analyses that are relevant to MPP’s work.

Main Duties/Responsibilities:

The Patent Information Specialist reports to the Head of Patent Information and will be entrusted with the following responsibilities:

Patent landscaping

  • Identify relevant patents on products (health technologies) that may be of interest to MPP for in-licensing, undertake patent searches and analyses to inform decision-making at MPP, with a particular focus on biotherapeutics and vaccines.
  • Support the identification and analysis of patents that may be relevant to the operations of the WHO mRNA technology transfer programme.
  • Prepare IP landscapes and other analytical work, as needed, and make such analysis available via suitable publications, including in collaboration with partner organisations.

MPP PaLs Management

  • Contribute to the management of MPP PaLs, including data collection, input, updating, and assisting users in interpreting data.
  • Provide input to the design, planning, implementation, and further development of MPP PaLs.
  • Promote the use of MPP PaLs among potential user groups including public health organizations, governments, patent agents/attorneys, pharmaceutical companies, civil society, and patient groups.

Policy Team Support

  • Support the policy team to further develop collaborations with national and regional patent offices, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, regulatory agencies, and other relevant organisations from which data needs to be gathered for the development of MPP PaLs.
  • Participate in meetings organised by external stakeholders to share MPP expertise on the IP/licensing status of different medicines and related issues.
  • Work with the Patent Information Manager and other workstreams to establish/develop a patent monitoring and watching system for selected health technologies as per MPP’s mandate.
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the Head of Patent Information.


  • Advanced degree in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, or another relevant field.
  • Training on patents highly desirable.
  • Experience in conducting patent search and analysis, preferably in the field of pharmaceuticals, would be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of patent law, interpreting patent claims and identifying relevant patents for a given product/technology would be an asset.
  • Proficient with usual IT tools.
  • Knowledge of patent databases management, including data collection, input and updates would be an asset.
  • Strong analytical and investigative skills.
  • Ability to interpret and synthetise complex technical information and communicate it in a format that is friendly to non-specialists.
  • Diligence and precision with good eye for detail.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with a proven knowledge of professional writing and presenting to internal and external audiences.
  • Organised, autonomous, able to prioritise multiple tasks and projects and to work with short timelines.
  • Flexible and adaptable to change, with proactive attitude to learn new skills, tools and methodologies.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is mandatory.
  • Fluency in other official UN languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russia, Chinese) is a strong asset.

Personal Qualities:

MPP’s richness lies in its staff: a small dynamic and multicultural team!

To flourish in our team, you must recognise yourself in our values: Respect, Courage, Generosity and Commitment.

Moreover, the Patent information Specialist will need to demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Proven ability to embrace diversity and work effectively with variety of stakeholders internally and externally, to achieve common goals.
  • Demonstrable personal commitment to the public health goals of the MPP.

MPP respects all individuals regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, HIV status or disability. All qualified applications are welcome.

If you recognise yourself in this description and wish to join our outstanding team, please send a cover letter and C.V. to  including “ MPP Patent and Information Specialist” as reference in the subject line. This position will be open until the right candidate is recruited. Applications will be reviewed and assessed on a continuous basis.

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