Patent Information Officer
Location: Geneva, Switzerland – Working time: 100%
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 ten patent holders for thirteen HIV antiretrovirals, one HIV technology platform, three hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals and a tuberculosis treatment. In 2020, MPP’s mandate was temporarily expanded to include COVID-19 treatments. In 2021 it was expanded further to include the licensing of technology with an initial focus on COVID-19 vaccines and pandemic preparedness. MPP was founded by Unitaid, which continues to be MPP’s main funder. MPP’s work on access to essential medicines is also funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The Patent information Officer works under the supervision of the Head of Patent information.
His/her main mission will consist in assisting with the management of MPP’s suite of patents and licences database, ensuring that the information available on the public platforms such as MedsPaL (www.medspal.org) and VaxPaL is accurate and up to date.
The main responsibilities include:
- Data entry and management (adding new medicines, vaccines, patents/patent applications, licenses), with a particular focus on biotherapeutics and medicines/vaccines for COVID-19.
- Collecting information on the status of patents/patents applications by searching in:
- national and regional patent office’s registers
- national phase information provided by WIPO PatentScope
- Pat-INFORMED database hosted by WIPO
- other available sources.
- Preparing listings of patents/patent applications to be sent to collaborating national and regional patent offices and interacting with them to strengthen those collaborations.
- Collecting information on pharmaceutical test data exclusivity from relevant authorities in countries where it is provided by law, through searching of official databases.
- Contributing to the further development of MedsPaL and VaxPaL to improve their usability, functionality and accuracy.
- Performing any other tasks as requested by the Head of Patent Information.
- Experience in working with databases would be an important asset;
- Good computer knowledge and skills, in particular Microsoft Excel;
- Searching and Browsing Skills;
- Knowledge about patents or IP data management systems would be an advantage
- Extremely meticulous and excellent attention to detail.
- Ability to deal with technical data.
Education and special training
- University degree or strong experience dealing with patent or IP data management systems.
Experience (length and nature)
- This position is open to young professionals.
- Fluency in English is required.
- Fluency in other official UN languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russia, Chinese) is a strong asset.
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, Teamwork and Commitment.
Moreover, the Patent information Officer will need to demonstrate the following qualities:
- Supportive team player.
- Sensitivity to different cultures and work styles
- Friendly personality
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 email@example.com including “Patent and Information Officer” 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.