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Willemijn Gommans

Willemijn Gommans

Associate partner & Dutch and European patent attorney
In 2012 I joined NLO and qualified as a Dutch and European patent attorney in 2016. With a background in medical and molecular biology, I am part of NLO’s biotechnology team in The Hague.


  • Biotechnology
  • Pharma
  • Gene therapy
  • Plants
  • Food

I am client focused and enjoy actively listening to the needs of my clients and offer pro-active solutions. I write and defend patent applications and advise on infringement and freedom to operate. In addition to my day-to-day work as a patent attorney, I’m actively involved in the in-house training  for trainee attorneys.

A strong IP portfolio can be vital for business.

After completing a PhD on cancer and gene therapy, I spent several years working as a postdoctoral research associate in the US. I have extensive expertise in deep-sequencing, genomics, oncology, gene editing and plant biology. Working as a research scientist at a biotechnology company in Utrecht I realised that a strong IP portfolio can be vital for business. I therefore enjoy helping my clients to build a strong, valuable patent portfolio.


  • Msc in Biology (2002), University of Groningen
  • PhD in gene therapy en gene modulation (2006), University of Groningen