Niels Zelders

Niels Zelders

Dutch and European patent attorney

  • Medical technology
  • Electrical engineering
  • Physics
Dutch, English and German

Niels initially joined NLO in 2009. Before rejoining NLO in 2015 he worked at an international IP law firm, where he gained experience in various patent litigation matters. Before becoming a patent attorney, Niels worked for TNO, the Netherlands organisation for applied scientific research. Here, he carried out research and provided advice related to electromagnetic effects.



Niels specialises in physics and electrical engineering. His specific expertise relates to computer and communication systems, mobile telephony, video networks, signal processing (including GPS and image analysis), electromagnetic and electromechanical technology (including electron-beam lithography, optical sensors, radio, radar, MEMS), medical physics and ultrasound.

He is an experienced consultant with respect to patent litigation, protection strategies and international patent prosecution procedures.



Niels graduated from Leiden University in theoretical physics, with magnetic and optical resonance as graduation subjects.


Member of

Niels is a member of the Institute of Professional Representatives Before the European Patent Office (EPI) and the Netherlands Institute of Patent Attorneys.

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