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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 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 together with co-owner Ard Ellens. 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).

Arjan van der Maarl M.Sc

EUROPEAN AND DUTCH PATENT ATTORNEY

I am a Dutch and European patent attorney. As a patent attorney, I write and prosecute patents in technical areas directly relating to my previous employment and education.

Before becoming a patent attorney, I was employed as engineer and architect by several start-ups and scale-ups developing embedded systems in the areas of (wireless) communication, medical analyses equipment, motion control and vision algorithms. These employments involved electronics, software, chip design and manufacturing, and thermal design, as well as some mechanical design and optics.

Furthermore, my education comprises three educations in electrical engineering focussing respectively on chip design, embedded system design, and power electronics.

Further, as patent attorney, I regularly share my knowledge during lectures before educational institutions, incubators and groups of investors.

 

Leon Vogels M.Sc

EUROPEAN AND DUTCH PATENT ATTORNEY

I am a Dutch and European patent attorney. As a patent attorney, I write and prosecute patents in technical areas directly relating to my previous employment and education.

Before becoming a patent attorney, I was employed as engineer and architect by several start-ups and scale-ups developing embedded systems in the areas of (wireless) communication, medical analyses equipment, motion control and vision algorithms. These employments involved electronics, software, chip design and manufacturing, and thermal design, as well as some mechanical design and optics.

Furthermore, my education comprises three educations in electrical engineering focussing respectively on chip design, embedded system design, and power electronics.

Further, as patent attorney, I regularly share my knowledge during lectures before educational institutions, incubators and groups of investors.

 

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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