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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
  • Pharmacy
  • 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.

    Clients in need of profitable IP strategies in the food and nutrition sector rely on David Bot for discerning counsel that straddles the contentious/non-contentious divide.
    IAM Patent 1000 - edition 2017

    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