Philip Morris International (PMI) is the world’s leading international tobacco company with a diverse international workforce of 81,000 people. With six of the world’s top 15 international brands and products sold in more than 180 markets, PMI continues to be the choice of 150 million consumers worldwide. While PMI offers the best quality products to those who choose to continue to smoke, the company’s vision is to design a smoke-free future.
Through multidisciplinary capabilities in product development, state-of-the-art research facilities and scientific substantiation, PMI has embarked on a journey of great change and transformation. By pioneering the development of ground-breaking products with the potential to replace cigarettes, employees at PMI will change the lives of millions of men and women who smoke. The technological advances in this field are incredibly exciting and challenging, pushing everyone at PMI to be even more agile and creative.
Since 2008, PMI has invested over US$ 4.5 billion, employing over 400 world-class scientists, engineers, and technicians at the company’s two R&D sites in Switzerland and Singapore to develop and test less harmful alternatives to cigarettes that deliver nicotine without the harmful smoke of cigarettes – yet that consumers will find satisfying. To date, around 5.8 million consumers have switched to the first of PMI’s smoke-free products – “Reduced-Risk Products” (RRPs). PMI has developed a portfolio of non-combustible nicotine products, including e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, that have the potential to significantly reduce individual risk and population harm compared to continued cigarette smoking.
PMI’s Patents Group continues to play a central role in defining an integrated business, R&D and IP strategy, designed to protect the organization’s innovative technologies and commercially leverage its intangible assets.
The position will be based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and report to the Senior Counsel Patents/ Director, who leads the patent team that is responsible for the Reduced-Risk Products (RRP) business. Headed by the Assistant General Counsel Patents, the Patent Group is a part of the Law Department and is situated at Philip Morris Products S.A.’s offices in Neuchâtel, approximately 70km from the Center of Operations in Lausanne. The Patent team currently consists of US, Japanese and European patent attorneys and they are supported by a professional team of paralegal and administrative staff.
The successful candidate will support the continued development and implementation of PMI’s global IP strategies. He or she will enjoy a high level of autonomy and authority in dealing with a broad range of IP-related business matters. In doing so, the candidate will be required to counsel, support and liaise closely with the Company’s research and development, operations, brand building, and legal functions, together with representatives of PMI’s worldwide affiliates. The successful candidate will also have the onus to further enhance the IP culture within PMI, including further developing or supporting processes and systems to push for enhanced organizational efficiency and IP awareness.
This is an equal opportunity appointment. Any biased reference in the text is made merely for the sake of brevity and convenience. The successful candidate is likely to fulfil the following criteria:
- At least seven years’ post qualification experience as a fully qualified European Patent Attorney, or a comparable national professional qualification.
- An excellent educational background to – at minimum – University degree level or equivalent, in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering or Electronics.
- Familiarity with the dynamics associated with working in an in-house patent department of a major corporation.
- Profound experience in international patent procurement and multi-jurisdictional patent portfolio management, invalidity and freedom-to-operate opinion work.
- Strong practical knowledge of the European Patent Convention and the Patent Cooperation Treaty, as well as a substantial understanding of other international IP laws and systems where PMI operates.
- Project management skills.
- Fluency in English – the Company’s official working language and in addition, fluency in French, German, Japanese, Russian or Chinese would be considered advantageous.
PMI understands that the company’s greatest strength is the people and it believes in hiring, training and promoting the best global talents in all its business functions. The company provides ongoing training to employees throughout the organization, seeking to develop their skills and maximize their potential. It also offers a diverse, fulfilling and fun working environment, in addition to competitive salaries and benefits schemes, and a culture of openness and respect.
This opportunity promises to provide the successful candidate with a broad range of opportunities and responsibilities within a vibrant, forward-thinking organization where the appointee will have considerable influence and input.