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Full-Time

Location

London, United Kingdom

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Legal, Ethics & Compliance

Openings

3

Job ID

47865388

Legal Analyst, Patents PMI Vision It’s Time to Unsmoke. There is no question that the best choice for men and women who smoke is to quit cigarettes and nicotine altogether. But many people don’t. In any given year, about 9 out of 10 men and women who are already smoking will continue: those people deserve access to, and information about, better alternatives. That is why we’re building PMI’s future on smoke-free products and focusing our efforts in switching adults, who choose to continue smoking, to our smoke-free platforms.   In order to achieve this, we are focused on 6 strategic priorities: •Developing a long-term product and ecosystem portfolio, •Building societal support of RRP, •Growing our RRP platforms to scale, •Delivering product launch & customer service agility, •Achieving cost and cash leadership, and •Maintaining leadership in conventional cigarettes. About Our Vision We’ve built the world’s most successful cigarette company, with the world’s most popular and iconic brands. Now we’ve made a dramatic decision. We will be far more than a leading cigarette company. We’re building PMI’s future on smoke-free products that are a much better choice than cigarette smoking. Indeed, our vision – for all of us at PMI – is that these products will one day replace cigarettes. Why are we doing this? Because we should … We understand the millions of men and women who smoke cigarettes. They are looking for less harmful, yet satisfying, alternatives to smoking. We will give them that choice. We have a commitment to our employees and our shareholders. We will fulfill that commitment by pursuing this long-term vision for success. Society expects us to act responsibly. And we are doing just that, by delivering a smoke-free future. … And because we now can. Success in the cigarette business gives us the resources to pursue our ambitious vision. Thanks to the imagination and perseverance of thousands of people at PMI, we have developed breakthrough products that are smoke-free and enjoyable.   About IQOS The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the marketing of our flagship electronically heated tobacco system, IQOS, as a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP), which represents a historic opportunity for public health. In doing so, the agency found that issuing an exposure modification order for the IQOS Tobacco Heating System (THS) is appropriate to promote the public health, and is expected to benefit the health of the population as a whole.  This decision demonstrates that IQOS is fundamentally different from combustible cigarettes, and a better choice for adults who would otherwise continue smoking. It follows a review of the extensive scientific evidence package PMI submitted to the FDA in December 2016 to support its MRTP applications. The FDA’s action authorizes the marketing of IQOS in the USA with the following information: * The IQOS system heats tobacco but does not burn it. * This significantly reduces the production of harmful and potentially harmful chemicals. * Scientific studies have shown that switching completely from conventional cigarettes to the IQOS system significantly reduces your body’s exposure to harmful or potentially harmful chemicals. In April 2019, the agency authorized IQOS for sale in the U.S. through issuance of premarket tobacco product application marketing orders, that deemed marketing the product to be appropriate for the protection of the public health. Now, the FDA has concluded issuing an IQOS exposure modification order is appropriate to promote the public health, and is expected to benefit the health of the population as a whole, taking into account both users and nonusers of tobacco products. Notably, the FDA’s issuance of an exposure modification MRTP order does not mean IQOS is FDA-approved. FDA does not ‘approve’ tobacco products. Further, the FDA’s decision does not mean IQOS is risk-free. The FDA’s decision is consistent with earlier conclusions of other leading regulatory and scientific bodies, including in the U.K., Germany, and the Netherlands, which have found that the product emits lower levels of harmful toxicants. Furthermore, the FDA’s MRTP authorization shows that IQOS is a fundamentally different product than combustible cigarettes, and must be regulated differently, as the FDA has recognized.  As of March 31, 2020, PMI estimates that approximately 10.6 million adult smokers around the world have already stopped smoking and switched to IQOS. We believe that this decision can help to further accelerate the transition of U.S. adults away from cigarettes. We, along with our licensee Altria, are committed to guarding against unintended use and fully support FDA’s focus on protecting youth. Role Summary Legal Analyst with Legal & Compliance Department, reporting to Manager, IP Operations, and located in London, UK. The Legal Analyst, Patents will assist the Intellectual Property function on a wide variety of issues and matters relating to patent process workstreams, including records and document management for patent application filing and prosecution. The Legal Analyst, Patents will have the ability to prioritize work, solve problems and organize. This role requires independent judgment performed under general direction, using procedures standard to the organization. This role requires a highly reliable, motivated, and organized individual. Candidates must be solutions-oriented with the ability to multi-task effectively in a fast-paced environment. Ensures that legal services provided are cost-effective, practical, and consistent with the company’s philosophies. Delivers on law department business goals. Ensures that the law department implements leading practices and operates at the highest ethical and governance standards. Key Responsibilities: •Organize, manage, and control patent process workstreams, including records and document management for patent application filing and prosecution, validity challenges, FTO/risk management, and litigation •Collaborate with in-house attorneys, internal stakeholders, outside counsel and external service providers on Patent Group processes and projects •Maintain in-house IP Management System including docketing and tracking patent processes and related deadlines •Search and extract relevant information from patent databases (PatBase) and public IP databases including Espacenet, USPTO Public PAIR, and Patentscope •Handle patent formality documents (including Assignments, and Powers of Attorney) •Lead and support development, streamlining, and optimization of tasks and procedures to increase quality and efficiency •Conduct legal and business research as required, and other duties as assigned •Support invoicing, and carry out various administrative processes Key Skills: •Ability to prioritize work, solve problems and organize own time with minimal supervision. Intermediate to advanced communication skills are required to initiate oral and written responses to inquiries regarding processes. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, and appropriately handle confidential matters. •Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize assignments and work to tight deadlines •High attention to detail and ability to execute tasks with the highest accuracy •Proven track record of demonstrating analytical and problem-solving skills: forward thinker with the ability to anticipate issues, and seek and identify improvements to systems and processes •Interest to explore and implement new IT solutions •Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment •Capability of seeing the bigger picture, embracing new processes and change •Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; additional languages advantageous •Must be able to handle company confidential information and data requiring the highest degree of attention to preserve confidentiality •Maintain excellent working relationships with business partners to ensure that their legal and business needs are satisfied •Other duties as assigned Business Acumen •Quickly grasp key drivers of the business and industry and quickly become immersed in the most important business issues facing the company. •Demonstrate strategic, innovative, creative, and inquisitive frame of mind, with strong business acumen and judgment. •Speak fluently in lay terms to a range of audiences. Executing for Results •Demonstrate the detail orientation and the technical, planning and project management skills to ensure flawless execution. •Take initiative and operate with a sense of urgency, decisiveness, and responsiveness. •Strong work ethic with ability to handle a fast-paced vigorous schedule. •Able to solve problems and offer creative solutions. •Anticipate and proactively address emerging issues. •Make nuanced recommendations based on facts and the culture of the constituents served. •Demonstrate self-motivation and initiative to prioritize work and otherwise perform the job with minimal supervision. •Hold oneself to the highest standards of accountability. •Able to operate in a dynamic, high stress environment with a demonstrated ability to handle crisis. •High energy and drive, a charismatic and positive style with a passion for driving results, and unquestioned integrity. Building Relationships and Using Influence •Demonstrate outstanding communications skills, including presenting to, advising, and educating and engaging with internal and external stakeholders. •Able to convey complicated topics and issues in a straightforward and concise manner, and to tailor communication style to different audiences. •Maintain established relationships with external legal resources characterized by credibility, respect, trust. •Develop and maintain a strong network of relationships inside and outside the organization to support the objectives of the business. •Demonstrate integrity and commitment to the highest ethical standards and personal values. Knowledge and Experience Desired to Undertake this Role •Associates Degree from an accredited college in the paralegal program or equivalent combination of relevant education and work experience required. •Minimum 2 years of IP paralegal and administration experience. •Advanced knowledge of global patent systems (CIPA Patent Administrator's Certificate or equivalent qualification preferred). •Ability to undertake occasional travel. •Experience of working in a multicultural environment. •Proficiency with Windows and MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, SharePoint, etc.). •Superior interpersonal skills to communicate with attorneys, business partners, and corporate personnel. •Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment. •Ability to manage time and tasks effectively. •Able to maintain strict confidentiality. •High energy, drive and unquestioned integrity. •Must be able to operate in a dynamic, high stress environment with a demonstrated ability to handle crisis. •Proven ability to work independently and multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Business Contribution/Impact •Excellent verbal and written communication skills. •Must be able to handle company confidential information and data requiring the highest degree of attention to preserve confidentiality. •Must be able to operate in a dynamic, high stress environment with a demonstrated ability to handle crisis. •High energy and drive, a charismatic and positive management style with a passion for driving results, and unquestioned integrity. •Strong organizational skills reflected by motivation toward planning, and communicating with high performance teams in a dynamic environment. •Proven ability to work independently and multi-task in a fast-paced environment. •Strong project management and follow-up skills. Work Environment/Physical Requirements •Normal office environment for a mission driven, high impact team. Position requires a passionate, motivated, driven individual with a proven ability to get the job accomplished. What we offer We genuinely care about our people and we show this through living out our Employee Brand each and every day. It’s what connects every colleague in every market. In additional to a competitive salary and benefits package, we offer a fantastic office environment and look to ensure you have the best work-life balance possible. Our success depends on the people 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 size 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 leading a transformation in the tobacco industry to create a smoke-free future and ultimately replace cigarettes with smoke-free products to the benefit of adults who would otherwise continue to smoke, society, the company and its shareholders. 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 markets outside the U.S. PMI is building a future on a new category of smoke-free products that, while not risk-free, are a much better choice than continuing to smoke. Through multidisciplinary capabilities in product development, state-of-the-art facilities and scientific substantiation, PMI aims to ensure that its smoke-free products meet adult consumer preferences and rigorous regulatory requirements. PMI’s smoke-free IQOS product portfolio includes heat-not-burn and nicotine-containing vapor products. As of June 30, 2019, PMI estimates that approximately 8.0 million adult smokers around the world have already stopped smoking and switched to PMI’s heat-not-burn product, available for sale in 48 markets in key cities or nationwide under the IQOS brand. For more information, please visit www.pmi.com and www.pmiscience.com. PMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. #LIjobs

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