Client: Philip Morris International
REF: 19120

Philip Morris International (PMI) is a dynamic market leader, creating new consumer products for diverse global markets.  Although one of the world’s leading tobacco companies, in 2016, PMI announced a new strategy for the company, to lead the international market and build its future business on smoke-free products. PMI are investing to make these new products the Philip Morris icons of the future. This is the biggest shift in strategy in the company’s history. PMI is commercialising smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes, called reduced-risk products (RRPs). In this dynamic area of RRPs, PMI has already introduced two major brands, IQOS and Solaris.

With its centre of operations in Lausanne, Switzerland, the company currently employs in excess of an 80,000-strong multinational workforce. The company operates 48 production facilities in 32 different countries and has a total of over 400 dedicated scientists, engineers, and technicians developing less harmful alternatives to cigarettes at two Research & Development sites in Switzerland and Singapore. The R&D headquarters is in Neuchâtel, Switzerland where a state-of-the-art facility was established in May 2009 and where the position is based.


We are supporting Philip Morris International who are hiring a senior commercial IP/licensing lawyer to support the R&D function, with a particular emphasis and focus on their rapidly expanding and successful Reduced Risk Product business. The role will be based in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Your work will include day-to-day IP legal advice to stakeholder groups within R&D & Operations. This will include advising on the IP rights of technology innovation, IP acquisition and licensing, product strategy, IP management for product research, legal support for pre-clinical studies, third party development and collaboration agreements.  There is also some exposure to data privacy.

You will work closely with the scientists, engineers, patent attorneys and technology groups who are working on next generation products and you will be well supported within an established and mature legal function.


This is a senior role with considerable commercial exposure. You must have at least six years’ experience of IP and technology transactional work, with significant exposure to IP licensing.  The role is likely to appeal to commercial IP lawyers who have a broad mix of experience and would enjoy working in an entrepreneurial global business. Please note the opportunity is only open to practising lawyers with a civil or common law legal qualification.

This is a unique opportunity for an IP lawyer to work as an integrated member of one of the most dynamic R&D teams and embedded in the business.  You will have the opportunity to develop the role and to work on some really high quality transactional IP work.

We are seeking to speak to private practice and in-house lawyers with at least 6 years of post-qualification experience but up to partner level who would consider re-location to Switzerland for this interesting in-house role.  IP lawyers with a mix of patents and more general IP experience will be considered as well as commercial IP and more specialised IP licensing lawyers.

There is a generous package on offer and full re-location support to move to Switzerland. PMI is an international business with an excellent track record of development and promotion for lawyers in their global team.

If you would like to explore this opportunity further, please contact

Lisa Owens


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