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David Bot

David Bot

Partner & Dutch and European patent attorney
Over the years I have gained considerable technical expertise in the fields of food, nutrition, pharmacy and process technology. I work closely with several well-known multinational corporations as well as a number of successful innovation-driven start-ups. On multiple occasions I have been able to help clients to define and implement practical IP strategies that were aligned with their overall business strategy.


  • Chemistry
  • Pharma
  • Process technology
  • Food

I started my career as a patent attorney trainee in 1985 with Unilever. In 1991, after having become a qualified Dutch and European patent attorney, I assumed responsibility for two research groups at the Unilever Research Laboratory in Vlaardingen. These groups conducted pioneering research in flavour chemistry, flavour application and sensory analysis.

In 1996, I transferred to Quest International where I filled several management positions in the areas of product management (flavour ingredients) and product application (dairy). In 2001 I decided to join NLO and have never regretted that decision.

    David Bot is the leading food and nutrition patent expert in the country.
    IAM Patent 1000 - edition 2019

    I also enjoy ‘crossing swords’ during opposition proceedings before the Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office. Last but not least, I find it very rewarding to work with junior patent attorneys and teach them the tricks of the trade.


    • MSc in Analytical Chemistry, Utrecht University