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Joran Michiels

Joran Michiels

Dutch, Belgian and European patent attorney
I am a Dutch, Belgian and European patent attorney active in the life sciences sector. I work in NLO’s Belgian biotech team based in Ghent and Mechelen, where we assist all kinds of clients in various stages of the patenting procedure.


  • Antibody
  • Biotechnology
  • Gene therapy
  • Oligonucleotide

Apart from drafting and prosecuting patent applications, I have experience with novelty searches, opposition procedures, freedom-to-operate and infringement advice, due diligence, and general patent strategy, including the management and parallel prosecution of worldwide patent portfolios.

I enjoy providing cost-effective and pragmatic advice by making maximum use of the applicable rules and procedures. I also realize that no two are the same: an effective advice is always tailored to the client’s specific business needs.

Before joining NLO, I obtained a PhD in microbiology at KU Leuven.


  • PhD in Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2013-2017)
  • Master in Bioscience Engineering: cell and gene technology, KU Leuven (2011-2013)
  • Bachelor in Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2008-2011)