NLO has been operating from its branch in Zwijnaarde, Ghent, since 2015. In 2018, a second location was opened in the centre of Mechelen. Brigou's arrival gives a boost to the strength and expertise of the Belgian team.
On his plans and goals at NLO, Brigou says: "With the launch of my new, multidisciplinary team, NLO will be able to offer unique services in Belgium and ensure our leading position in the IP market. By combining the unique expertise of chemistry, physics, engineering, sensoring & AI in a single team, we are exceptionally well placed to support our customers in the challenges of the future, in addition to the traditional technical domains. Think smart factories, AI-controlled measuring and control techniques, smart formulations for crop protection or fertilisation, etc. The launch of a new ‘smart’ product today often involves complexity in multiple dimensions as companies have to deal with both patents for mechanical design, chemical reactions or material properties, as well as smart control. We offer a solution for complex puzzles of this kind.
About Ben Brigou
Ben Brigou is a chemist with extensive experience as a patent attorney in the pharma, chemical, food, feed & agri sectors. During the past year and a half, he worked as an Intellectual Asset Manager for the publicly listed Tessenderlo Group, where he was responsible for the patent portfolio of several business units active in chemistry, agriculture and industrial solutions (mining, plastic sewer pipes & fittings). Brigou was previously employed at NLO during 2016-2020, where he also completed his professional training as a patent attorney. Before that, Brigou worked in the Global Regulatory Affairs organisation of a pharmaceutical player and as a researcher in computational chemistry. He is co-author of the recent second edition of the leading ‘SPC Handbook’ (Stief, 2021).
With 70 patent attorneys and 15 trademark and design attorneys on its books, NLO is one of Europe's largest intellectual property consultancies. NLO strengthens and protects its clients' innovations, trademarks and designs. Its client base includes multinationals, large and medium-sized Dutch, Belgian and international enterprises, research institutions and government agencies. NLO has branches in Ghent and Mechelen in Belgium, and The Hague (head office) Amsterdam, Ede and Eindhoven in the Netherlands. www.nlo.eu
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