IAM about NLO: "NLO has a rich tradition of excellence in intellectual property going back 130 years and is one of the largest IP consultancies in Europe, with a presence in the Netherlands and Belgium. A pathfinder for leading innovators as they launch state-of-the-art products and create new businesses, it can be counted on for high-quality, high-efficiency prosecution and tailored strategic advice. In Belgium Steven Sarlet and Denis Canet are key contacts on the high-tech and life sciences sides, respectively."
"At the cutting edge of intellectual property for over 130 years, NLO has rich experience guiding patrons on patent strategy and protecting their innovations. Matched by only one other, the firm has eight individuals recommended for prosecution in the IAM Patent 1000, such is the depth of its technical bench. Standouts in the mechanical engineering and medical device areas are Maarten Ketelaars and Paul Clarkson. Ketelaars is “highly engaged and enthusiastic about his work” in a way that is infectious and has an enhanced level of commercial knowledge given his business management experience at the firm. Former EPO examiner Clarkson speaks Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish and loves facilitating international business and connections." Paul Clarkson is also the highest scoring NLO attorney with filing patent applications at EPO.
"In the high-tech domain, Hans Bottema and Hans Hutter take charge; physicist Bottema understands the importance of patents as business assets first hand as a result of his time spent in-house. Hutter is a go-to for leading players in the telecoms industry. Able to call on Bart Swinkels, Arthur Meekel, Mari Korsten and David Bot and get a fast and quality response, companies in the life sciences are well served by NLO. “Swinkels is one of the best attorneys in the industry and the complete package.” He is great at analysing competitive landscapes and handling contentious matters nationally and at the European level. Meekel comes from an organic and biochemistry background and specialises in EPO oppositions and appeals. Former Novartis man Mari Korsten, meanwhile, is “excellent in a patent litigation context”. Bot is the leading food and nutrition patent expert in the country."
The IAM Patent 1000 identifies individual and firm expertise in all major areas of patent law and practice. Through an extensive research process conducted by a team of highly qualified, fulltime analysts, the publication identifies the top patent practitioners, as well as leading patent law and attorney firms, in 48 of the world’s most important jurisdictions and 18 US states.IAM Patent 1000