The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) is the federal government's central point of contact for patents, trade marks, indications of source, design protection and copyright. We help innovators and creators to create value out of their ideas, thus promoting innovation, competitiveness, cultural diversity and social progress. We also offer worldwide patent and trade mark searches under the label ip-search.

We provide services in the field of intellectual property to our diverse customer base consisting of patent attorneys, industrial enterprises, individual inventors as well as education establishments and research institutions.

To support our Life Science team, we are seeking to recruit immediately or by agreement a

Patent Information Specialist (m/f)

Your main tasks

Applying your in-depth knowledge in the fields of patent information and life science to provide services concerning intellectual property to our customers at home and abroad. This includes, in particular:

  • Independently carrying out patent and technology searches, mostly freedom to operate searches and validity searches
  • Preparing patent analyses
  • Providing information on intellectual property

Your profile

  • A degree in biochemistry, molecular biology or biomedicine, or a similar specialist field.
  • Many years of experience in the field of patent searches, in particular in the field of searching for nucleic acid and amino acid sequences.
  • Ideally, experience with several of the following databases and search systems: STN, BLAST, GenomeQuest, SequenceBase, CAS Registry, Chemical Abstracts, PatBase,, Clarivate Innovation, TotalPatent, PatentSight.
  • A broad knowledge of international patent law.
  • An excellent command of English as well as a very good command of German or French (with a good command of the other language); other languages an advantage.
  • An independent, reliable and precise method of working.
  • Accustomed to prioritising many tasks and working on them in parallel.

You will have the opportunity to consolidate your skills in the field of patent searches in a technically diverse and challenging environment, to broaden your specialist knowledge with regard to professional search engines and databases and – after having completed the necessary training – to actively participate in examining national patent applications.

Your contact

Please send your application (cover letter, CV, letters of reference, etc.) to the following address:

Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
Mr Matthias Schmid
Deputy Human Resources Manager
Stauffacherstrasse 65/59g
CH-3003 Bern

direct line +41 31 377 75 73

You can find further information about the tasks of the IPI and our attractive employment conditions at and

We are looking forward to meeting you.