René joined NLO in 2003 after working as a postdoctoral candidate at Stanford University (USA) and a junior scientist at PamGene in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands).
René’s areas of expertise includes physical chemistry, surface chemistry, colloidal and polymer chemistry. He works for several large and medium-sized chemical companies including Dutch food multinationals. His daily activities involve patent drafting, prosecution, freedom-to-operate opinions and litigation. He enjoys defending the opponent's or patentee's case in hearings before the Opposition Division and the Boards of Appeal at the European Patent Office, making use of his expertise there.
Corporate counsel greatly valued his service, resulting in the Client Choice Award for Intellectual Property- Patents in 2015: “He has an excellent ability to pinpoint threats and opportunities in our most complicated cases and summarise them in a few sentences, which saves valuable time.”
René has an MSc in Chemistry of Leiden University (Netherlands, 1996). His diploma thesis involved collaboration with ETH (Zürich) and BASF on the prediction of protonation behaviour of polyamines, such as those commonly applied in paper manufacture. He completed his PhD in the Colloid and Interface Science group at Leiden University with honours, on the thermodynamics and kinetics of polymer and colloid adsorption, using optical tools to study layer thickness, density and gradient.
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