Innovation is the major driver for growth. Patent protection for technical innovations provides an important stimulus for companies and institutions to invest in the development and commercialisation of such innovations. No wonder that the commercial importance of patents is growing. NLO, a leading IP-firm based in the Netherlands and Belgium, is also growing and looking for candidates who are interested in becoming a patent attorney and who hold at least a Master’s degree in a scientific or technical subject.
What you will be doing
As a patent attorney, you play an important role in bringing innovation to the market. You will be dealing with the innovations of national and international companies and act as a sparring partner for R&D managers and their in-house patent attorneys. You will advise clients about the protection of their inventions and knowledge and actively help them managing and developing their patent portfolio. Within your team, you will be partnered with an experienced attorney and from day one you will be actively involved in the day to day business.
As a patent attorney trainee, professional training courses are required. The professional Dutch and European patent attorney training course starts in 2018. The courses generally involve one day a week, for three years, and focus on developing legal knowledge and communicative and practical skills. NLO pays for the entire training course and exams. In addition to the above, you are part of the NLO Academy. Together with all trainees you will follow a varied program throughout the year. During this program you will develop personal skills as well as fundamental knowledge. You will have the opportunity to meet your new colleagues, exchange stories and share your experiences.
Are you the future trainee patent attorney we are looking for and do you match this profile?
- You have completed a science or technical MSc or PhD in Chemistry, Chemical or Food Technology, Biomedical Sciences or Pharmacy.
- You have an investigative mind, are creative, client-focused, stress tolerant, accurate and you have strong analytical skills
- You have excellent oral and writing skills in the English language. A good command of Dutch is an advantage
NLO offers good working conditions.
Location: The Hague and Eindhoven.
The trainee patent attorney position is very challenging and provides a unique opportunity to combine technical expertise with legal skills to deal with complex patent issues. You will be involved with different clients who are working on innovations, for example in the field of Food Technology: the development of a healthy version of an unhealthy product which tastes just as good.
For more information, please call our recruiter Astrid van Doorn on +31 (0)6 211 05091.
Please apply through the 'Apply' button, and send your application including a motivation letter, cv in English and preferred office before the 25th of September.
We will reply on the 2nd of October. Please note that interviews will be held for the The Hague office on Tuesday the 3rd and Friday the 13th of October and for the Eindhoven office on Thursday the 5th of October.
This vacancy has been published via SciencePlatform, launched by NRC Carrière and AcademicTransfer.
NLO, founded 129 years ago, is one of the largest and leading Intellectual Property consultancy firms in Europe. NLO employs 180 professionals in offices in The Hague (head office), Ede, Eindhoven, Amsterdam and Ghent. Every day our professionals dedicate themselves to achieving the best result for our clients. The client portfolio includes multinationals as well as large and medium-sized Dutch and international companies. At NLO, we work hard and enjoy lunch and drinks together. Employees are also invited to participate in projects to think about ways to improve the organisation.
Trainee Patent Attorneys
Ben, Fei, Tamara and Simone, who are trainee patent attorneys, will be happy to tell you more about the position and the organisation. You can find their contact details on our website, where you can also read some of our client cases.