23 May 2019


A patent advisor (also known as a trainee patent attorney) has a higher education background in the relevant field, and based on work experience and under supervision of a Patent Attorney, assesses whether inventions are new and innovative and therefore eligible to be patented. The patent advisor position is very challenging and provides a unique opportunity to combine technical expertise with legal skills to deal with complex patent issues. He or she will be involved with different clients who are working on innovations, for example in the field of medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry and even engineering. He or she also assists the Patent Attorney in guiding inventors or companies through the required process to obtain a patent and eventually in defending and enforcing the inventor’s right vis-à-vis third parties.

Work activities

  • discussing inventions and processes with inventors or manufacturers and ascertaining whether they are likely to succeed in being granted patents
  • studying and analysing scientific or technical documents, including previously granted patents, to assess whether an invention is new and innovative
  • writing detailed descriptions of inventions in precise legal terms (patent drafts)
  • suggesting modifications or extensions to the definition of the invention
  • applying for patents from the European Patent Office (EPO) , often presenting complicated technical arguments
  • preparing responses to reports from patent examiners
  • ensuring application and renewal deadlines are met
  • working with a patent attorney in preparing the work documents to defend or enforce European patents
  • assisting the patent attorney in conducting litigation in proceedings at the EPO or in the Patents County Court
  • advising overseas agents on applications for foreign patent applications
  • preparing freedom-to-operate analyses
  • dealing with assignments of patent when a patent is sold or transferred
  • receiving training in the intellectual property field to become a registered patent attorney
  • receiving training on other intellectual property rights, e.g. designs or trade marks


  • Higher education (master, PhD) in Life Sciences – Biotechnology - Chemistry - Pharma.
  • Good writing and communication skills, including English as the working language
  • Basic computer skills
  • Experienced in studying and review of scientific literature
  • Capable of performing a factual analysis with well-founded conclusion(s)
  • Strong in the preparation of a written opinion / summary
  • Discrete and able to handle confidential matter
  • Well organized, with a strong sense of responsibility and committed to deliver quality work.
  • Thorough knowledge of procedural timelines and steps related to patent/trademarks/design life
  • Familiarity with basic prosecution related terminology and principles
  • Work independent, be a team player and a quick learner


Bart Laenen