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Estela Goncalves

Associate partner & European patent attorney
I joined NLO in August 2015. I have been working as a patent attorney in the patent portfolios of Dutch and multinational, large and small companies that are active in the fields of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Food Technology.


  • Chemistry
  • Pharma
  • Food

I really enjoy finding solutions that best cover the client’s legal and business interests by using patents as a tool, while getting the opportunity to constantly stay updated with the latest scientific developments.

I graduated in Pharmacy in 2008. I have participated in a number of research projects within the university, most of them related with the development of pharmaceutical formulations. During my master’s degree in Food Technology, I worked on the development of high fat formulations and rheological characterization thereof.

Before joining NLO, I worked for about 3 years as a patent agent in Brazil. In the Netherlands, I have completed a master’s degree in Intellectual Property and have followed an intensive training to become a qualified European patent attorney.

Training & Education

  • MSc. Intellectual Property, Maastricht University (Maastricht, The Netherlands) 
  • MSc. Food Technology, University of Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil)   
  • BSc. Pharmacy, Mackenzie University (Sao Paulo, Brazil)


Estela has authored and co-authored scientific publications in international journals.