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Chemistry Pharmacy
The Hague

Almost/recently qualified European Patent Attorney (Chemistry)

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NLO, a leading IP-firm based in the Netherlands and Belgium, is growing and looking for an almost/ recently qualified European Patent Attorney.

As a patent attorney, you play an important role in bringing innovation to the market. Thanks to the combination of your technical expertise and your legal skills, you enable your clients in building their IP position – be that from scratch or through ongoing innovation. This is achieved by providing strategic patent support, which is proactive, commercially attuned and responsive to the demands of the client. One key aspect to the role is the need to become involved in post-grant matters, especially oppositions before the EPO; NLO is highly active in this area of IP.

What will you be doing
Our Chemistry Section is providing its attorneys with a highly revered direct client base including a number of well-known multinationals. With big corporates, you would assume that our attorneys receive instruction at arms-length. This certainly is not the case. You will be in the privileged position to sit down with the inventors, heads of research, in-house attorneys, and commercial leaders. We care deeply about fostering these relationships, and we prefer to augment this through seconding our attorneys to the client's site to get under the skin in understanding what impact IP has in the wider context of the client's commercial direction.

You will join a team of experienced patent attorneys who have come from differing backgrounds: industry or previous IP firms, but who share the same vision of what IP should mean to a company. You are a strong personality who can impart knowledge and experience across the team when required but who can also show consistent high work output. Your career trajectory is aimed to becoming (Associate) Partner and you will be given the 'tools' to help you get there.

Your professional qualities

  • You are a recently qualified European patent attorney, or you have sat the EQE exam in 2019 or earlier;
  • You will come to this position with an academic background in chemistry, chemical technology, food technology, pharmacy or related degree. Due to the variety of clients and the breadth of technologies, the position can be ‘dressed’ to suit you;
  • If you have experience of post-grant matters, then this would be useful although not critical to the post;
  • Demonstrable business acumen and knowledge with the ability to quickly understand key IP issues relating to a business.
  • Proven ability to work in teams, motivate and inspire others towards a common goal.
  • Strong Emotional Intelligence in order to understand the heart of a client’s requirements, which may not be extrinsically communicated.
  • Excellent listening and communication skills with the ability to engage with legal, commercial, sales and marketing teams within the firm.

What do we offer?
NLO, one of the larger firms of intellectual property consultants in the Netherlands, offers excellent and competitive terms of employment, which include an attractive bonus scheme, an excellent pension plan and ongoing education and development. We pride ourselves in our commercial attitude and we encourage an open and informal corporate culture with excellent opportunities for promotion.

To apply, press the "apply button" button to send your application including a motivation letter and CV in English before 15 February 2020.

If you have any questions, you can contact our recruiter Astrid van Doorn: 070 33 12 643 or

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