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Bram Schoonjans

Bram Schoonjans

Belgian and European patent attorney
Since February 2022, I have been working at NLO as Belgian patent attorney in the offices in Ghent and Mechelen. I have a PhD in Electromechanical Engineering with additional legal and economic qualifications and have experience as in-house patent attorney and as an independent professional. My work involves correctly assessing the success of protecting an innovation, its potential commercial success and the client’s expectations.


  • Computers/Software
  • Electrochemistry
  • Energy
  • Physics
  • Medical Technology
  • Optics
  • Telecommunications
  • Mechanical Engineering

Before moving to NLO, I worked for a leading supplier of industrial sustainable productivity solutions, working intensively with international research teams from various technical domains.

I like to actively engage the inventor in drafting a patent application

I like to actively engage the inventor in drafting a patent application and in doing so, I am not afraid to embark on complex discussions. Quite the opposite, as I still enjoy the challenge of continuously expanding my technical and legal knowledge.

Since my time at NLO, I have continued to leverage my background in providing intellectual property solutions to clients in the sustainable and clean technology sector. With a profound understanding of mechanical intricacies in clean tech, I assist clients in fortifying their intellectual assets for pioneering mechanical technologies designed to combat environmental challenges.

Education & training

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • MSc in Electromechanical Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel/KU Leuven
  • MSc in Management, Solvay Business School
  • LL.M in Intellectual Property Law/Belgian Law, KU Leuven


  • Schoonjans, B., Deconinck, J. (2018), Modelling a conductive-capacitive medium using the boundary element method. Cornell University Library, June 2018.
  • Schoonjans, B., Deconinck, J. (2016), Calculation of HVAC inductive coupling using a generalized BEM for Helmholtz equations in unbounded regions. International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems 84 (2017) 242-251, June 2016.
  • Schoonjans, B. (2016), Modelling high voltage inductive interference using boundary elements in infinite region. PhD Thesis - University Press - ISBN 978-9-4619739-4-8, May 2016.
  • Schoonjans, B., Deconinck, J. (2013), Computation of induced voltages on coated buried pipelines nearby HVAC lines using a coupled BEM-FEM model. 9th International Symposium on electric and magnetic fields, Bruges, Belgium, April 2013.
  • Schoonjans, B. (2009). AC-interference of high voltage and traction on buried pipelines. KBVE-SRBE Journal for Electricity and Industrial Electronics, January 2009.