NLO started 2022 well. As of 1 January, the consultancy hired patent attorney Ben Brigou as team leader in Mechelen. His multidisciplinary team operates in the fields of chemistry, physics, engineering, sensoring and AI. In addition, this year NLO has been nominated for the first time as Trends Gazelle in East Flanders by Trends Magazine. Gazelles are fast-growing enterprises that have a positive impact on a region’s business climate.
About Bram Schoonjans
A former in-house patent attorney at Atlas Copco, Bram Schoonjans has joined Brigou’s multidisciplinary team in Mechelen. Schoonjans brings with him a wealth of experience. He is a mechanical-electrical engineer with a PhD in computational modelling of electromagnetic radiation in infinite spaces, studied both Management and Law, and specialised in Intellectual Property Law during his legal studies.
Schoonjans on his arrival at NLO: “Belgian businesses need targeted investment and protection strategies for their intellectual property. Today, the focus is placed too quickly and too often on one legal aspect without putting the client’s needs first. NLO’s further growth will enable us to optimally advise businesses in Belgium.”
About Caroline Pallard
Caroline is a partner and European patent attorney at NLO. Since 2017, Pallard has been working from the Netherlands on her extensive client portfolio in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, among other countries. With her appointment as director of NLO bv, she will take up permanent residence in Belgium in the coming months. Pallard: “My appointment is the cherry on the cake of what I have been working on in recent years: a solid, independent Bio & Life Sciences practice in Belgium. By focusing more on Belgium in the future, I will have the opportunity to be closer to my clients and team on a daily basis. My appointment will also strengthen NLO bv’s local management and the firm’s growth in Belgium.”
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