Posted on Oct 12th 2019

IP Counsel


Full time



Posted on Oct 12th 2019


Full time



Job Title

IP Counsel

Job Description

In this role, you have the opportunity to

Do you have the commercial, technical, and IP skills to protect cutting edge innovations and turn IP rights into valuable assets that support the growth, profitability, and competitiveness of Philips’ businesses?  If the answer is yes, then joining Philips Intellectual Property & Standards (IP&S) as an Intellectual Property (IP) Counsel is an opportunity to accelerate your career in one of the world’s largest and best known industrial IP organizations.

By joining Philips IP&S as an IP Counsel, you are joining an international community of experienced and highly trained IP professionals with a wide-ranging of technical expertise.  You are acting as a strategic advisor in IP matters to Philips’ businesses and research organization. 

You will provide strategic IP counseling to one or more Philips businesses and research teams operating in Greater China.  You will also help Philips businesses secure competitive advantage by protecting new technical developments and innovations.  In addition, you will enforce Philips IP rights against third party infringers, as well as assessing infringement risks of third party IP rights and securing value for IP in transactions.

You are responsible for

  • Proactively network and engage with Philips busines contacts to keep your IP&S team apprised of evolving market strategies.
  • Working in collaboration with global IP&S colleagues to:
  • Evaluate invention disclosures with the goal of providing optimal protection and generating maximum long-term value to Philips.
  • Prepare, file, and prosecute high quality patent applications meeting international standards.  Maintain a substantial and active prosecution docket of Chinese and foreign patent applications.
  • Provide strategic IP counseling to internal clients, including negotiating and drafting agreements with IP provisions such as strategic collaboration, joint development, licensing, and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Enforce Philips IP rights against infringers.
  • Assess and manage third party IP risks.  When necessary, seek to obtain access to third party IP rights at the lowest cost possible for Philips’ products and services.
  • Identify opportunities, perform infringement detection, develop business cases, drive negotiations and steer outside counsel in potential litigation, all within the scope of IP licensing.
  • Although you typically operate within a particular Philips product category, your expertise will be leveraged across the entire Philips IP&S team.

Although you typically operate within a particular Philips product category, your expertise will be leveraged across the entire Philips IP&S team.

You are a part of

IP&S team. You will base in Shanghai and report to Global IP BP.

To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills and experience

  • At least a bachelor level degree in computer science or electrical engineering;
  • Admission to practice before the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English is a must, and Mandarin Chinese is required;
  • Admission to practice law is preferred;
  • 5 to 8 years of experience in handling IP matters,
  • Preferred experience includes:

    -Subject matter expertise in artificial intelligence and software development

    -Drafting and prosecuting internationally filed patent applications, including design patent applications,

    -IP litigation and administrative enforcement, and

    -IP risk assessments.

  • Other desired experience includes:

    -Contract drafting and negotiation,

    -IP licensing, and

    -IP valuation.

  • A proactive, entrepreneurial, business-oriented working attitude and a proven understanding of the commercial value of IP.
  • Strong analytical and organization skills.
  • Excellent relationship building, influencing, and negotiation skills.
  • The confidence and communication skills to operate at all levels both internally and externally.

In return, we offer you

A path towards your most rewarding career. Philips is growing its marketing capability enterprise wide. Succeeding in this market-based role in a complex environment will open many doors for your long-term career, in other areas in Philips or otherwise. We also believe that we are at our best as a company when you are at yours as a person. Thus, we offer competitive health benefits, a flexible work schedule and access to local well-being focused activities.

Why should you join Philips?

Working at Philips is more than a job. It’s a calling to create a healthier society through meaningful work, focused on improving 3 billion lives a year by delivering innovative solutions across the health continuum. Our people experience a variety of unexpected moments when their lives and careers come together in meaningful ways. Learn more by watching this video.

To find out more about what it’s like working for Philips at a personal level, visit the Working at Philips page on our career website, where you can read stories from our employee blog. Once there,you can also learn about our recruitment process, or find answers to some of the frequently asked questions.




Over 125 years ago, Frederik and Gerard Philips started a small light bulb company in Eindhoven. Little did they realize that it would become a global force of innovation, committed to improving billions of lives worldwide. But it did. Today, Philips is a world leading health technology company with a vision to make life better for people worldwide through meaningful innovation. Making good on this promise depends on our passionate, inspirational, collaborative and diverse team. We have over 80,000+ brilliant people around the world but are always looking for more. Like-minded, motivated, focused minds to join us in creating a healthier, more connected society while tranforming themselves personally and professionally. Working at Philips is more than a job. It's an experience filled with unexcepted moments that will transform you in lasting and positive ways. Help us improve the world for the better while building a career that no one could have planned for. Even you.




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