CONSULTANT FOR SUPPORTING THE EXAMINATION OF PATENT APPLICATIONS IN THE DIRECTORATE OF INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY, MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE, KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
|Application Deadline :||22-Aug-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 to 120 days|
The Kingdom of Bahrain's economy is well equipped and competitive in several respects, including low taxation, openness to global trade, and financial market development. The government has focused on diversifying the economy in non-oil sectors, and the country is currently leading trade negotiations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states to increase levels of freedom in business, monetary and financial areas.
UNDP is implementing the Programme titled as Support to Enhancing Institutional Capacity for Global Economic Environment and Governance. This Programme aims at enhancing the institutional and technical capacities in order to improve the efficiency of the economic governance system, targeting the primary stakeholder, The Ministry of Industry and Commerce, followed by the private sector and other line institutions. The activities will support the creation of adequate national capacities for effective trade policy administration. Following are the expected results of this Programme:
- Enhanced Negotiation, application and implementation of World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Development Agenda (DDA), Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Trade Policy Review outcomes;
- Institutionalizing of procedures under World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) agreements for Intellectual Property systems of registration are consistent with national objectives and international requirements;
- Strengthened capacity of Bahrain in the implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement.
The main beneficiary for the result ‘ii’ is the Directorate of Industrial Property, housed in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. The Directorate of Industrial Property is in the process of re-engineering its structure so that it is better equipped to enforce increasing international legislation that regulate IP, as well as establish systems of registration of IP under the obligations of WTO-TRIPS. By providing institutional support in terms of administration and registration identifying best practices and improving awareness, this will result in improved procedures under WTO TRIPS and WIPO agreements for IP systems of registration and implementation, consistent with national objectives and international requirements
Duties and Responsibilities
The selected consultant(s) would be required to support the examination of pending patent applications with the Directorate of Industrial Property. They would be attached with the Patents section to support the staff in examination of applications and at the same time deliver on-the-job training in this area.
Specific duties/ outputs:
- Support in processing and finalization of the pending applications in the Patents office of the Directorate of Industrial Property.
- Providing training to the staff of Directorate of Industrial Property in the following areas:
- IP classification
- Drafting of Patents
- Writing and understanding of patent examination report
- Analysis and decision-making tools based on examination reports
- Providing training for usage of the Patent search and examination database.
- Review and design of optimal workflow/procedures for patent office in the Directorate of Industrial Property.
- The candidate should have considerable practical experience and exposure to working of the intellectual property offices and in particular, the Patent application, examination, and grant process in national jurisdictions.
- Specific experience of patent examination in one of the main areas such as pharmaceuticals, engineering and electrical is required.
- Experience of delivering trainings on patent examinations would be treated favorably.
- Experience of similar work in Middle East/Gulf region would be a distinct advantage;
- The candidate must be fluent in English. A good working knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable.
- The consultant should demonstrate integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards; and
- Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Documents to be included When Submitting the Proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to firstname.lastname@example.org to demonstrate their qualifications:
- Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work
- Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work (if applicable)
- Financial proposal
- Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references
Contracts based on daily fee:
- The applicants should quote their expected daily fee rate, including all costs such as per diem, for working days.
- The selected consultants would be paid the agreed fees multiplied by number of working days on all inclusive basis, therefore no other costs such as accommodation, insurance, local travel, health, would be paid separately.
- All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal.
- This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
- In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
The proposals would undergo the cumulative analysis, as per table given below, with 70% weightage to the technical criteria and 30% to the financial aspect.
In this methodology, the maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion.
A suggested formula is as follows:
p = y (μ/z)
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
μ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
The proposal obtaining the overall highest score after adding the score of the technical proposal and the financial proposal is the proposal that offers best value for money.
Required Skills and Experience
A Bachelor degree in science, engineering, pharmacy, or related areas. Master degree would be preferred.
The candidates must have at least 5 years of experience working directly on the examination of Patent applications including the applications through PCT system; preferably with the national Intellectual Property authorities conducting search and examination of patents.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.