Posted on 2021-10-25

Sr Officer - IP Intelligence & Ideation

Philip Morris International

Be a part of a revolutionary change.

At PMI, we've chosen to do something incredible. We're totally transforming our business, and building our future on smoke-free products with the power to improve the lives of a billion smokers worldwide. We're also exploring new categories, looking beyond nicotine to develop a new portfolio of innovative products. With huge change, comes huge opportunity. So, wherever you join us, you'll enjoy the freedom to dream up and deliver better, brighter solutions and the space to move your career forward in endlessly different directions.
It's so rare in R&D that everything aligns to create the ideal conditions for outstanding work. Right now, at PMI, that's exactly what's happening. R&D is the driving force for our bold new vision: to replace cigarettes with a revolutionary portfolio of alternative products.
Join us and you'll have the resources, support and technology you need to break new ground and see ideas come to life. You'll be surrounded by some of the brightest scientists in their fields, with fast access to subject experts and commercial decision-makers.
If you're creative, courageous and ready to take risks, you can make a huge impact and propel your career in an endless number of directions. Ultimately, by delivering our smoke-free and beyond nicotine future, your work could change the lives of millions.

Your 'day to day'

You will be employed in Hong Kong under Philip Morris Asia Limited (PMAL). PMAL operates as a subsidiary of Philip Morris International, Inc. for the Smoke-Free Products at electronic product development center (ePDC). You will supervise third party patent filings for technologies and products of potential interest to the company R&D. A further purpose is to resolve with subject matter and legal professionals the true relevance of such technologies for current and future product pipeline, report to various partners, perform prior art searches and recommend actions.

More specifically, you will:

  • Drive and lead benchmarking studies and patent evaluations of third parties (including major tobacco industry, product & technology competitors) relating to similar products and key technologies.
  • Consult and assist subject matter experts for opinion and report relevant applications and technologies or products to product development team, manager, management and legal. Present regular executive overviews across departments.
  • Develop and maintain a governance structure and process to timely report on certain events relating to third party patent filings and applications such as change of ownership, filing of divisional application, and proceed to grant. Report on such and trends in the tobacco industry relating to reduced risk products and provide meaningful recommendations.
  • Support IP Strategies by providing comprehensive and focused patent evaluations of relevance to such strategy and PMI inventions. Provide feedback to different partners.
  • Prepare formal reports and summary dashboards with statistics, technical and legal content on competitor filings and technologies of business relevance. Regular presentations to management.
  • Provide technical mentorship in the area of expertise help to capture inventions, facilitate the prior art searches, provide technical/scientific support to other functions.
  • Establish effective working relationship with IP Intelligence service providers, manage scope and quality of deliverables related to patent monitoring, analysis, and reporting to achieve objectives on a timely basis.

Who we're looking for

  • University/Engineering master degree / Ph.D. in science or technology.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in a technical field in a related field and experience with patenting.
  • Good understanding of reduced risk smoking articles and technologies will be a plus.
  • Understanding of patenting procedures and patents. Training Course on Patent Law (Center for International Intellectual Property Studies) or IP Qualifying Examination (EQE) exam study is a plus
  • Experience in setting up, maintaining and searching in databases understanding of patent databases is a must.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Proficiency in both orally and written communication skills.
  • Substantial experience in effective teamwork and within cross-functional project organization.
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English.

What we offer

Our success depends on the men and women who come to work every single day with a sense of purpose and an appetite for progress. Join PMI and you too can:

  • Seize the freedom to define your future and ours. We'll empower you to take risks, experiment and explore
  • Be part of an inclusive, diverse culture, where everyone's contribution is respected collaborate with some of the world's best people and feel like you belong
  • Pursue your ambitions and develop your skills with a global business - our staggering and scale provides endless opportunities to progress.
  • Take pride in delivering our promise to society: to improve the lives of a billion smokers.

Philip Morris International: Delivering a Smoke-Free Future

Philip Morris International (PMI) is a leading international tobacco company engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smoke-free products and associated electronic devices and accessories, and other nicotine-containing products in over 180 markets. PMI is building a future on a new category of smoke-free products that, while not risk-free, are a better choice than continuing to smoke. PMI's smoke-free product portfolio includes heated tobacco and nicotine-containing vapor products. For more information, see our PMI ( ) website. Our priority is to attract, support and keep with us diverse and unique individuals. Our global workforce of more than 71,000 people is one of our greatest strengths and the key to our success as a company. Our employees speak more than 80 languages and come from all corners of the world. PMI has been certified by the Top Employers Institute as a Global Top Employer for the fifth consecutive year. Representing 3 regional certifications: Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in recognition of the high standards of excellence in our working environment and the exceptional development opportunities we offer.

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Job Function
Employment Term
  • Permanent
  • Full-time
  • 3 years - 8 years
Career Level
  • Non-management level
  • Degree
  • Master's degree