Assistant Classification Officer (2 posts) – World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Context:

The post is located in the Goods and Services Database Section that is responsible for the operational support and evolution of a web based tool supporting goods and services classification, including the Madrid Goods and Services (MGS) Database, a single classification database catering to the needs of both internal stakeholders (Madrid Registry Operations Division Examiners) and external stakeholders (trademark applicants and National Offices).

The main role of the incumbent is to assume the responsibility of the International Bureau (IB) in matters of trademark classification in managing the classification content of the MGS Database. The incumbent works under the supervision of the Goods and Services Database Section Head.

Main duties:

The incumbent performs the following tasks:

(a) Manage the classification content of the Goods and Services Database to make it as useful as possible to both internal and external stakeholders, taking responsibility for quality control of the classification data and for yearly updates required to align the Database with each new version or edition of the Nice Classification;

(b) Cooperate with National Offices with a view to enhancing harmonization of trademark classification among Madrid Member States;

(c) Provide classification advice and training to external stakeholders (trademark applicants and National Offices);

(d) Provide classification advice and training to the Madrid Registry Operations Division to ensure harmonized classification practice;

(e) Draft proposals on behalf of the IB for updating the Nice Classification;

(f) Follow the yearly Committee of Experts of the Nice Classification and consequently report and implement changes in the Operations Division;

(g) Participate in internal and external activities on the maintenance and development of classification databases and tools;

(h) Streamline technical integration of classification data into the Goods and Services Database;

(i) Liaise with IT experts for enhancing functional specifications of MGS and for testing the implementation of new versions;

(j) Perform any other related duties, as required.




First-level university degree in business administration, management or related discipline.


At least three years of experience in Nice Classification examination and in the use of Trademark classification systems.


Understanding of the Madrid Agreement/Protocol, Common Regulations and Administrative Instructions, and the Nice Agreement.

Excellent knowledge of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification).

Comprehensive knowledge of the procedures relating to the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks, in particular the application of the Nice Classification.

Ability to manage terminology in a variety of technical and specialized areas.

Excellent ability to work independently and take initiatives within pre-defined objectives.

Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

Excellent time management and work organization skills.

Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

High adaptability to new environments, tasks and demands.

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural environment.

Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint), databases, information management systems and the internet; ability to adapt quickly to new software.



Excellent knowledge of English.


Knowledge of another UN official language.

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Application Deadline: 23 October 2015

Read more and apply here.

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