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As your regular patent attorney, we help along the way

Mission

Our mission is to protect your ownership of your patent and to make the most of your intellectual property. A patent can be made valuable in many ways. We like to help you to explore your options. Either to produce, to investigate in a possible co-operation with an other company or to license your patent.
Peter van Essen already has a trackrecord in all kinds of patents and worked in this field for well over 20 years. We are specialized in patents in the disciplines of physics, mechanics and chemistry, with themes like energy, renewables, food, nanotech, packaging, (micro)reactors and optics. The firm uses state of the art and worldwide used patent management software. VAN ESSEN PATENT is based in Wageningen, the Netherlands, at about an hours drive from 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 made valuable in many ways. We like to help you to explore your options. Either to produce, to investigate in a possible co-operation with an other company or to license your patent.
Peter van Essen already has a trackrecord in all kinds of patents and worked in this field for well over 20 years. We are specialized in patents in the disciplines of physics, mechanics and chemistry, with themes like energy, renewables, food, nanotech, packaging, (micro)reactors and optics. The firm uses state of the art and worldwide used patent management software. VAN ESSEN PATENT is based in Wageningen, the Netherlands, at about an hours drive from 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 made valuable in many ways. We like to help you to explore your options. Either to produce, to investigate in a possible co-operation with an other company or to license your patent.
Peter van Essen already has a trackrecord in all kinds of patents
and worked in this field for well over 20 years. We are specialized in patents in the disciplines of physics, mechanics and chemistry, with themes like energy, renewables, food, nanotech, packaging, (micro)reactors and optics. The firm uses state of the art and worldwide used patent management software. VAN ESSEN PATENT is based in Wageningen, the Netherlands, at about an hours drive from the European Patent Office, the Dutch Patent Office (NL Octrooicentrum) and the Dutch Patent Court in The Hague.

We provide

We provide patent strategy advice and assist in acquiring patent rights and in opposing or nullifying rights of other parties. Furthermore, they advice in avoiding infringement and assist in infringement proceedings. To discover potential intellectual property (IP) opportunities and threats, the 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, they assist in setting up (corporate) patent strategies. In this way, the patent attorneys transform knowledge of the clients into value and transferable assets and improve their clients’ competitive position.

Vision

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 VAN ESSEN PATENT 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, the firm collaborates 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, the firm collaborates 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 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. To say it in short: we are taylors.
We learned over the years that every case is different and therefore needed a custom 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 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).

Personality

I enjoy working on many different subjects and a combination of working for large companies as well as for small- and middle entities (SME’s) and research institutes. It still really challenges me to find a patent strategy together with clients. Innovation is my passion.

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 Van Essen patent, but will fully commit to supporting the patent attorneys at Van Essen Patent.

Personality

I enjoy working on many different subjects and a combination of working for large companies as well as for small- and middle entities (SME’s) and research institutes. It still really challenges me to find a patent strategy together with clients. Innovation is my passion.

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