IAM about NLO: "Dutch IP headliner NLO has been “investing heavily in Belgium over the last year”; its Ghent outpost has recently been turning heads for its finely honed advice and impeccable handling of patent prosecution and portfolio management. Boasting a team with robust industry experience, it is a top choice, offering a high-quality service rivalling the very best the Belgian scene has on offer." "Clients rely on NLO’s strategic ability to leverage the value of their intellectual assets and keep them out of trouble. Appreciating the personal nature of the services they get, they also enjoy cultivating long-term relationships with the firm. The group’s approach is paying off, as it finds itself increasingly in demand among large multinationals."
"Having made his name as a rights protection specialist for some of the world’s leading names, managing partner Hans Bottema brings a wealth of expertise gleaned both in-house and as a partner to every brief. Partner Maarten Ketelaars is skilled in every facet of prosecution. Following a number of years on the firm’s management committee, he now relishes the opportunity to get back to his craft. He recently championed the rights of domestic medical device and green energy producers – asserting their IP rights internationally. Highly skilled in physics and mathematics, he also specialises in the commercial aspects of intellectual property. One of most respected patent attorneys in Europe, Bart Swinkels has an impressive track record in patent prosecution, litigation and opposition and appeal proceedings. “Thanks to his great mentorship, Swinkels has built up a strong team of patent attorneys around him at NLO and thus has a great impact on the biotechnology patent landscape in the Netherlands.”
"Speaking five languages and a wizard at the EPO, Paul Clarkson rescues clients from potential catastrophes using sheer ingenuity. “Deeply knowledgeable and diligent”, he provides invaluable advice and is well connected outside the firm. “An extremely experienced patent attorney”, Mari Korsten is “excellent prosecutor and great in litigation, too”. A former in-house counsel for Novartis, he ploughs his experience into contentious and non-contentious matters in the life sciences and biotech fields. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Korsten in biotech, Arthur Meekel excels in opposition and appeal proceedings, but truly distinguishes himself with his mastery of supplementary protection certificates. Tri-lingual David Bot has toiled side by side with R&D teams for over three decades, developing a synergistic interaction with rights holders that makes him instrumental to any protection strategy. A former examiner in the Dutch patent office, Hans Hutter’s career stretches back 30 years. Driven by a zeal for innovation in electronics and telecoms, he is an asset in technology disputes."
The IAM Patent 1000 has become the definitive directory exclusively dedicated to identifying the world’s leading patent services providers. The extensive research process for this guide was conducted over several months by a team of full-time analysts, and involved more than 1,700 interviews with patent specialists across the globe. Legal and attorney firms and individual practitioners qualify for inclusion in the IAM Patent 1000 upon receiving sufficient positive feedback from market sources. The IAM Patent 1000 features 48 country-specific chapters analysing local patent professional services markets and detailing the firms and individuals identified as leaders in their respective fields.IAM Patent 1000