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Title:  Patent Manager

Job ID:  21732
Country:  Switzerland
City:  Geneva
Professional area:  Scientific Regulatory Affairs
Contract type:  Permanent
Professional level:  Experienced

JTI is a leading international tobacco company with operations in more than 120 countries. We’re the global owner of world-renowned brands such as Winston, the number two cigarette brand in the world, and Camel (outside the US). Our global brands also include Mevius, LD and Natural American Spirit, and we manufacture the internationally recognized Logic e-cigarette brand and Ploom Tech, a major brand in the heated tobacco category. 
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, we employ over 40’000 people across the globe. We were recently awarded Global Top Employer for the fourth consecutive year with regional Top Employer Certification in Europe #1, Asia #1, North America #1, Africa #2 and Middle East #3. This is recognition of our outstanding talent strategy, energizing culture and commitment to learning and development. 
We are a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies. For more information visit  



About the Position


Due to continued growth, the Intellectual Property (IP) team is looking for an experienced Patent Manager to manage patent related matters, working with various teams involved in the product development lifecycle.

The Patent Manager will support the continued rapid development of JTI’s patent portfolio and assist our business in bringing to market new RRPs after all necessary clearance and capture of IP rights has been performed. 



  • Capture proactively innovation by way of patent rights.
  • Perform FTO searches and opinions with a view to reporting key FTO points and conclusions to cross-functional teams.
  • Extensive collaboration with R&D, Supply Chain and Commercial teams.
  • Work with a network of local patent counsel to strategically drive prosecution of the patent portfolio.
  • Support the Patent Director to put in place mitigation strategies to manage patent infringement risk.
  • Participate in discussions aimed at generating new ideas to develop and reinforce the patent portfolio.
  • Increase patent knowledge and awareness among other functions in JTI.


Qualifications & Experience

  • A University degree (advanced degree preferred) and experience in Mechanical or Electrical/Electronic Engineering.
  • At least 2 years post patent attorney qualification (e.g. EQE) experience in similar position with specific knowledge of Patent Law.
  • Experience in handling innovation in the field of mechanical, electronics or computer implemented inventions and in participating in ideation sessions.
  • Experience and knowledge of FMCG and/or Medical Device Technologies is a plus.
  • Experience with advanced technical and patent databases such as PatBase, Questel Orbit, Thomson Innovation/Clarivate, NexisLexis, and Innography. 


Skills, Competencies & Languages

  • Strong technical and analytical skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong writing skills and ability to summarize concisely key aspects of inventions and infringement risk to an audience with varied degrees of technical skills.
  • Fluency in English.
  • A strong team player passionate about technology and innovation.
  • Excellent time management skills and dependable in completing quality projects against challenging deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • This role requires multinational business environment understanding and ability to work cross-functionally. In addition, team spirit, creativity, and strong communication skills are expected.




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