As your patent attorney, we are your guide through the world of patents.

Mission

Our mission is to protect your ownership of your patent and to make the most of your intellectual property. A patent can be valorized in many ways. We like to help you to explore your options. Either to produce, to investigate in a possible co-operation with another company or to license your patent.

We already have a track record in all kinds of patents
We are specialized in patents in the disciplines of physics, mechanics, chemistry, computer applications and life science with themes like energy, renewables, food, nanotech, packaging, medical applications and optics.

We use worldwide known patent management software. Patent Business is based in Wageningen, Utrecht & Nijmegen, close to the European Patent Office, the Dutch Patent Office (NL Octrooicentrum) and the Dutch Patent Court in The Hague.

Mission

Our mission is to protect your ownership of your patent and to make the most of your intellectual property. A patent can be valorized in many ways. We like to help you to explore your options. Either to produce, to investigate in a possible co-operation with another company or to license your patent.
We already have a track record in all kinds of patents
We are specialized in patents in the disciplines of physics, mechanics, chemistry, computer applications and life science with themes like energy, renewables, food, nanotech, packaging, medical applications and optics.

We use worldwide known patent management software. Patent Business is based in Wageningen, Utrecht & Nijmegen, close to the European Patent Office, the Dutch Patent Office (NL Octrooicentrum) and the Dutch Patent Court in The Hague.

Mission

Our mission is to protect your ownership of your patent and to make the most of your intellectual property. A patent can be valorized in many ways. We like to help you to explore your options. Either to produce, to investigate in a possible co-operation with another company or to license your patent.
We already have a track record in all kinds of patents
We are specialized in patents in the disciplines of physics, mechanics, chemistry, computer applications and life science with themes like energy, renewables, food, nanotech, packaging, medical applications and optics.

We use worldwide known patent management software. Patent Business is based in Wageningen, Utrecht & Nijmegen, close to the European Patent Office, the Dutch Patent Office (NL Octrooicentrum) and the Dutch Patent Court in The Hague.

Peter van Essen
Leon Vogels
Judith

We provide

We provide patent strategy advice and assist in acquiring patent rights and in opposing or nullifying rights of other parties. Furthermore, we advise in avoiding infringement and assist in infringement proceedings. To discover potential intellectual property (IP) opportunities and threats, our patent attorneys can perform IP audits. We provide intellectual property workshops and lectures for decision makers and research scientists, to make them aware of the chances and pitfalls of intellectual property rights. Furthermore, we assist in setting up (corporate) patent strategies. In this way, the patent attorneys transform your knowledge and know-how into value and transferable assets and improve your competitive market position.  Service is an important aspect for Patent Business.

Vision

We believe that patents are in service of your patent strategy. This implies that a return of your investment is required, in whatever way. From our side we need to provide the biggest bang for the buck. We take your invention to the next level.

Approach

We believe that solid IP advice and IP products are created in close collaboration with the client and in an atmosphere of trust. The patent attorneys of Patent Business give clear advice and will not hesitate to warn you for unrealistic expectations.

For the prosecution of patent applications other than Dutch, European or PCT, we collaborate with patent firms all over the world. These patent firms are selected based on criteria of quality and experience. Likewise, for trademarks, designs and patent litigation, we collaborate with specialized experts.

Next step

When you are looking for a personal and thorough approach, for patent attorneys who have a no-nonsense B2B approach, for enthousiastic and inspired patent attorneys, for a new supplier or a second supplier, or a (new) gateway to Europe, please contact us and we can discuss what we can do for you to bring the value of your enterprise to a higher level.

There is a lot we can say about the way we work. In short: we are taylors.
We learned over the years that every case is different and therefore needs a customized approach.

Peter van Essen M.Sc

EUROPEAN AND DUTCH PATENT ATTORNEY

I studied physics at Utrecht University, resulting in a masters degree in 1991. My main topics included solid state physics and research at the Dutch Institute for Space Research SRON, where I tested and simulated CCD detectors for soft X-ray detection and spectroscopy for the XMM-Newton space observatory, launched in 1999. After obtaining my masters degree, I worked at Akzo Nobel Coatings for the Technology Centre Colorimetry for several years. I was project manager for several research projects relating to the measurement and visual assessment of color.

Expertise as patent attorney

On 1 January 1995, after several years of research at the colorimetry department of Akzo Nobel, I started at the patent department of Akzo Nobel. I drafted and prosecuted patent applications in the field of coatings in many countries all over the world, and performed patent clearance searches in the field of amorphous silicon photovoltaic cells, optical switches, and writable Compact Disks.

In 1999, I made a career switch and joined patent firm Vriesendorp & Gaade where I drafted and prosecuted patent applications for small and large companies and also collaborated in several court cases (HA ZA 05-583) and filed several notices of opposition. I also conducted cases for the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office, resulting amongst others in decision T 0446/97.

In 2006, I joined NLO in the Netherlands. I was the leading patent attorney in several successful court cases (Clyde Bergemann GmbH v. Magaldi, Court of Appeal The Hague, 13 July 2010, Case No. 200.023.759/01, and KG ZA 09-102). I also conducted opposition proceedings, resulting in withdrawal of the opposition against the client’s patent or lapse of the opposed patent.

In 2011, I took up the challenge and started a new patent firm Ellens & van Essen. It was a fruitful and inspiring collaboration for over five years.

And now I prefer to provide more tailor-made services and a more personal approach, not limited by conventional patent firm approaches. We want to be involved and help your enterprise to get a grip on innovation processes while at the same time avoiding conflicts with the rights of third parties. I prefer to visit my clients to get acquainted with their company.

In my career as a patent attorney, I drafted over 400 patent applications so far, and handled patent cases in many different fields. For instance, electron beam lithography, tyre building apparatus, injection moulded bottle crates, software, packaging, incubators for eggs, building materials, and photovoltaic solar cells.

 

Publications and Memberships

I am (co)author of papers in Managing Intellectual Property on the topic of patent strategy and Landslide (Vol. 12, no 4 of mar/apr 2020. I am a member of the Dutch Physical Society (NNV), The engineering society KIVI, Health Valley, Foodvalley, The Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW), the Dutch Patent Attorney Association, the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI) and of the Fédération Internationale de Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI).

Peter van Essen

Leon Vogels M.Sc

EUROPEAN AND DUTCH PATENT ATTORNEY

I am a Dutch and European patent attorney. I am mainly focused on process technology, biotechnology, chemistry and materials such as semiconductors. I have a broad experience of R&D both in industry and for research institutes. Inside of production environments, I have advised on and implemented strategies for protection of intellectual property. For instance, at NXP I was responsible for managing hundreds of inventions on a yearly basis and thousands of patents (applications) in total. My knowledge and experience are regularly shared in the form of University Lectures. I am also a tutor in European patent attorney studies and exam corrector of the European Qualification Examination, as well as co-drafter for recent and future exams. I am furthermore closely involved in bringing inventions to the market.

I studied physical chemistry at the Radboud University in Nijmegen and went on to obtain a doctorate there in crystal growth.

Judith Wiersma MA

PATENT ASSISTANT

After having completed my teachers degree for French and English in 1991.  I continued my education at the University of Utrecht to studie French and International Relations, in particular the economic aspects of the  International relations. I received my masters degree in 1993.

I’ve worked for more than twenty years at secondary schools, teaching French and executing a variety of coordinative and organisational tasks.

As of september 2020 I no longer combine my job as a teacher and my job at Patent Business, but will fully commit to supporting the patent attorneys at Patent Business.

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