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View Vacancy - Senior Intellectual Property Advisor – New Delhi/Economics and Trade Policy

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Economic and Prosperity

Main purpose of job:

Delivering the UK’s Intellectual Property Office’s goals in India.

This will involve working closely with UK government colleagues, the Government of India – and UK businesses. It will mean being the British High Commission’s lead expert on IP, promoting IP issues across the UK government’s India network. The postholder will be responsible for ensuring a coherent approach to the UK's engagement with India on intellectual property; and managing projects that support this engagement.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:


Intellectual Property (IP) helps promote creativity and innovation, and attracts trade and investment between countries. This is particularly important for high-technology goods and services. Indian-UK relations on IP matters are led by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) with support from the British High Commission. The protection of IP in India benefits both UK and Indian business – and the UK and India recently agreed a Memorandum of Understanding on Intellectual Property.

The Senior IP Adviser will be expected to engage in dialogue with relevant Indian stakeholders including the Indian Government, industry, and civil society groups. They will promote the UK’s IP interests in collaboration with other UK government departments - working particularly closely with UK Department for International Trade (DIT), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), Department for International Development (DFID) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) including the FCO-BIS Science and Innovation Network (SIN).


This is an exciting and challenging opportunity, covering the work of the dedicated UKIPO representative in India. Your task will be to ensure that effective management of IP plays an effective role in the UK's enhanced relationship with India.  The position is intellectually challenging, to be able to understand and explain UK and Indian policies on IP to specialist and non-specialist stakeholders.  It also requires a high degree of pragmatism and dedication.


The position also requires excellent networking skills and negotiating skills, both in order to win confidence and to deliver outcomes across a wide range of Government departments, business and research sector stakeholders. As the only UKIPO Adviser in India, the position also demands effective self-management and prioritisation. You will be required to often operate independently without the need to seek guidance from others and be able to tackle new and unexpected issues.


The jobholder’s time will divide as follows:

1.       Advice to UK businesses (one third of the time)

  • Provide well researched and influential advice to individual British Government and UK businesses operating, or wishing to operate, in India.
  • Act as the local representative for UK IPO, engaging with Indian business and government stakeholders to identify priorities for engagement on IP.
  • Work with UK business to act as a source of general IP information, IP expertise and signposting, as required. Coordinate with UK Government colleagues to ensure an optimised service to UK businesses on IP matters.

2.        Advice on individual IP cases (one third of time)

  • Build an in-depth understanding of the individual issues faced by UK businesses in India - working with partners to find practical solutions to their challenges
  • Improve UK’s understanding of Indian IPR protection and enforcement policies
  • Analyse and understand local policy issues, managing contacts and maintaining and influencing external relationships.


3.      Engage with the Government of India to influence Indian IP policy, IP registration processes and the IP legislative framework (one third of time)

  • Work with the Indian Government and relevant stakeholders to deliver the India-UK IP Work Plan which will implement the recently signed MoU between both countries. This will include activities such as exchanges of best practice between the UK and India. 
  • Identify, initiate, facilitate and monitor in market projects to improve knowledge/evidence base of IPO, to increase IP awareness and other purposes.
  • Build relationships and engage with stakeholders and policymakers in India, enabling UK IPO to shape the debate on IP.
  • Represent the UK IPO locally and communicate clearly and persuasively to raise the profile of, and engage in, the public debate on IP in India.
  • Understand and analyse the relationship between the UK’s international agenda and the Indian Government’s domestic aims, and the role that IP can play in India’s development, identifying areas for policy and technical cooperation.
  • Organise and coordinate IP related visits to the UK by overseas counterparts from India and visits to India by UK Ministers and IPO officials.
  • Engage with the Indian Government on domestic, bilateral and multilateral IP issues in support of UK interests.

Essential on arrival:      

  • Extensive knowledge of IP policy, process, administration and governance within India.
  • Experience of working directly with businesses and civil society groups and being able to communicate complex issues to them clearly.
  • Experience of presenting persuasively.
  • Well-developed negotiation skills.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

Likely significant programme budget

Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering
19 July 2017
C5 (L)
Fixed Term
40 hours
36 months
South Asia & Afghanistan
New Delhi
British High Commission
INR 109080
20 September 2017

For British High Commission (BHC) candidates, the Local Staff BHC Terms & Conditions will apply.

For other than BHC candidates, salary will be ­­­­­­INR 109,080 per month together with a 12% provident fund and 6% Superannuation Fund/ Special Allowance. The BHC is prepared to be flexible on starting salary for a successful candidate who has proven higher qualifications, experience and skills.


Additionally the BHC offers a great benefits package that includes annual domiciliary medical cover, plus a Group Hospitalisation Scheme with Rs 500,000 floater cover for your immediate family. 


The BHC is recognised as a good employer, with a robust, fair and transparent performance management & appraisal system linked to increments and staff bonuses. We have a 5-day working week, plus annual leave, public holidays, maternity leave provision, special leave, paid sick leave provision; ample development opportunities, travel opportunities, a good organisational culture, and excellent work/life balance. 


Around half of our work force is women.  We treat people with respect and equality and have a policy of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, bullying, or harassment. 

This is a good opportunity to be part of a strong, diverse team, working in the biggest network that FCO has anywhere across the globe.  We are aiming to make it the best.

To Apply:

(a)     Complete the Online Application Form

(b)     Complete the Motivation segment in the online application form (In not more than 600 words)

(c)     Attach a detailed CV

Internal candidates applying for this position need to upload their appraisal forms for the previous 2 years (if applicable) else the application will not be considered.

Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

The UK IPO will run an induction programme for the successful candidate.  One week of this programme will be based in the UK (all relevant expenses covered) to meet IPO colleagues and learn more about what the IPO does. Opportunities will be available to meet with relevant stakeholders, user groups and wider government.


Additionally, each year all the IPO’s attachés meet in the UK to exchange experiences, to receive updates from UK-based staff and to meet with key stakeholders.


There will also be opportunities for L&D through courses offered within India through the Regional Training Centre, possible visits to the UK and on-the-job interaction with professionals in the relevant sector.

This opportunity is closed to applications.